Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Aesop, Arthur Rackham

Aesop's Fables, by Aesop, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

As legend has it, the storyteller Aesop was a slave who lived in ancient Greece during the sixth century B.C. His memorable, recountable fables have brought amusing characters to life and driven home thought-provoking morals for generations of listeners and modern-day readers. Translated into countless languages and familiar to people around the world, Aesop’s fables never tarnish despite being told again and again.

This collection presents nearly 300 of Aesop’s most entertaining and enduring stories—from “The Hare and the Tortoise” and “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” to “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs” and “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Populated by a colorful array of animal characters who personify every imaginable human type—from fiddling grasshoppers and diligent ants to sly foxes, wicked wolves, brave mice, and grateful lions—these timeless tales are as fresh and relevant today as when they were first created.

Full of humor, insight, and wit, the tales in Aesop’s Fables champion the value of hard work and perseverance, compassion for others, and honesty. They are age-old wisdom in a delicious form, for the consumption of adults and children alike.

D. L. Ashliman is emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught folklore, mythology, German, and comparative literature at that institution for thirty-one years. He has also served as guest professor at the University of Augsburg in Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593080624
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 16,427
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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Aesop's Fables Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 274 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, at first I was somewhat skeptical about this book. I thought it was simply a series of short stories some guy put together, and whats so great about that? now I see, this is many of the oldest and greatest human values told in a way that keeps the interest of the reader. I find it to be amazing that one man created all of these, and am glad I had time to read them. An exilent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Short, short stories with a lot, a lot to say. Each fable tells a tale and each has a lesson for attentive readers to learn. The most famous is probably 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf,' and the lesson is 'Liars are not believed, even when they tell the truth.' Another is 'The Farmer and the Stork' and its lesson is 'Bad company proves more than bad professions. Bird of a feather flock together.' These are the most basic of rules to live your life by, and they should be learned and remembered as a child. 'He who plays a trick must be able to take a joke,' and 'Whatever your misery, there are some whose lot is worse than your own.' Read and see which stories these are from!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very enjoyable to read. It is filled with humerous tales, morals, and lessons you can ably to your everyday life. They're classical tales you have heard before (The Tortiose and the Hare), as well as humorous stories you've probably havn't heard (The Donkey and the Lapdog). Each story is short, to the point, and has a unique life lesson. It is also a great book for travel and to read before going to bed, as you can read it in any order you prefer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A short story and then a moral. These are the kinds of tales that all kids should be reading to keep them out of trouble. Unfortunately, kids become adults and become too ambitious and then soon forget these morals. I didn't, and I'm raising my boy with them - you should too.
GordonF More than 1 year ago
This holds the greatest number of parables of all the versions of Aesop's I have read or owned over the years. It also has a decent introduction on the who and when of Aesop, a good bibliography of terms for new readers, and other information. The only downside is that a more thorough copy-edit converting it to ebook should have been done. There are numerous typographical errors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with poignant five to ten sentence yarns, this is a special book that is a perfect gift, guestroom amenity, or casual living room read. And at this price there is no excuse not to have at least one.
Seghetto More than 1 year ago
I never actually thought about how fables composed by a person that lived over 3000 years ago could survive today. There is no clear overall message to the fables. They were collected and composed by different authors over a few millenia. An important reason to read this collection, if any, is to come to know where a lot of the proverbs in the western world come from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Aesop's Fables' is quick and easy to read, which is good for kids of any age. Each story entertains and teaches us a lesson we should all know. These lessons written ages ago, still stand the test of time. This book is not only entertaining, but, it holds the key to literature today. References in Aesop's fable's are seen in many classics today from J.R.R. Tolkien, Chaucer, etc. These educational and entertaining stories should be shared to one and all.
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What is there to say about Aesop's Fables? We all grew up with them, but I found it interesting to read them all in one place. Several of them were new to me. I will admit, though, that it was difficult to read more than a few in one sitting. I recommend that everyone reads them all at least once in their lifetime.
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