Selected Fables

Selected Fables

by Jean de La Fontaine, J. J. Grandville
     
 

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La Fontaine (1621-95) is best known for his comic and delightful fables. This lively new translation of the most famous among them captures the wit and nuances of the original. The selection - of 110 of the 240 Fables - spans La Fontaine's long writing life and shows his progression from short, charming children's tales to longer, more philosophical fables. The… See more details below

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La Fontaine (1621-95) is best known for his comic and delightful fables. This lively new translation of the most famous among them captures the wit and nuances of the original. The selection - of 110 of the 240 Fables - spans La Fontaine's long writing life and shows his progression from short, charming children's tales to longer, more philosophical fables. The parallel French text, scholarly introduction, and detailed notes and appendices make it ideal both for students and for all lovers of poetry.

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"Betts's translation does an excellent job of conveying the lightness and grace of the original pieces." -- Library Journal

Library Journal
02/15/2014
Seventeenth-century poet La Fontaine (1621–95) wrote nearly 240 fables in verse, which were published in 12 books from 1668 to 1693. While many of these legends were based on Aesop's fables, other sources include the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian text, as well as writings by Giovanni Verdizotti and Plutarch. Betts (retired, Univ. of Warwick), whose previously published translations include works by French writers Charles Perrault and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, here collects roughly half of La Fontaine's tales, ranging from early works such as "The Fox and the Crow" and "The Hare and the Tortoise" to later ones including "Women and Secrets" and "The Forest and the Woodcutter." Betts's translation does an excellent job of conveying the lightness and grace of the original pieces. Even those overly familiar with many of these myths will find it difficult not to be charmed by how well these verses flow, with few exceptions. Also included is a concise introduction and 23 wonderful engravings by Doré originally published in a 19th-century French edition. VERDICT This excellent new translation should appeal to most students of literature and anyone with an interest in fables.—William Walsh, Georgia State Univ. Libs., Atlanta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140455243
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,194,925
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) French poet, whose FABLES rank among the masterpieces of world literature. His FABLES CHOISIES MISES EN VERS, usually called 'La Fontaine Fables', were published over the last 25 years of his life. The first volume appeared when the author was 47. The book includes some 240 poems and timeless stories of countryfolk, heroes from Greek mythology, and familiar beasts from the fables of Aesop. James Michie was born in 1927. His publications include translations of The Odes of Horace, The Poems of Catullus and The Epigrams of Martial.

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