The English Fable: Aesop and Literary Culture, 1651-1740

The English Fable: Aesop and Literary Culture, 1651-1740

by Jayne Elizabeth Lewis, Lewis Jayne Elizabeth
     
 

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Between 1651 and 1740 hundreds of fables, fable collections, and biographies of the ancient Greek slave Aesop were published in England. In The English Fable, Jayne Elizabeth Lewis describes the explosion of interest in fable from its origins at the end of the English Civil Wars to its decline, and shows how three Augustan writers -- John Dryden, Anne Finch and John…  See more details below

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Between 1651 and 1740 hundreds of fables, fable collections, and biographies of the ancient Greek slave Aesop were published in England. In The English Fable, Jayne Elizabeth Lewis describes the explosion of interest in fable from its origins at the end of the English Civil Wars to its decline, and shows how three Augustan writers -- John Dryden, Anne Finch and John Gay -- experimented with fable as a literary form. Often underestimated because of its links with popular non-literary forms, fable is shown to have played a major role in the formation of modern English culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521025317
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought Series, #28
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

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