Fables Choisies

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1997 - Social Science - 206 pages
First published between 1668 and 1693, the Fables of La Fontaine rank among the masterpieces of French literature. This volume contains 75 of the best, in the original French with new English line-for-line literal translations. "The Cicada and the Ant," "The City Rat and the Country Rat," "The Fox and the Grapes," many more.

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Contents

La cigale et la fourmi The Cicada and the Ant I 1 Ae
2
Rab François Rabelais ca 14831553 author of Pantagruel
7
Le rat de ville et le rat des champs The City Rat and
8
Contre ceux qui ont le goût difficile Against the Hardto
14
Le lion et le moucheron The Lion and the Gnat II 9 Ae
20
Le meunier son fils et lâne The Miller His Son and
26
Le renard et les raisins The Fox and the Grapes III
32
Le curé et le mort The Parish Priest and the Dead Man VII 11
94
Les deux amis The Two Friends VIII 11 Bi
122
Le gland et la citrouille The Acorn and the Pumpkin IX
136
Discours à Madame de la Sablière Discourse to Madame
155
Le songe dun habitant du Mogol The Dream of an Inhabitant
168
Épilogue Epilogue to Books VIIXI end of XI
178
Le corbeau la gazelle la tortue et le rat The Raven
184
Le renard le loup et le cheval The Fox the Wolf and
192
Alphabetical List of French Titles
203

Le savetier et le financier The Cobbler and the Financier
108

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Although he had a degree to practice law, La Fontaine does not seem to have done so but, rather, spent his life in Paris dependent on aristocratic patrons. His principal contribution to literature was his 12 books of Fables, to which he devoted 30 years of his life. They were published from 1668 to 1694 and are universally appreciated in France by children and adults alike. In drawing on a tradition of the fable going back to Aesop, La Fontaine created a portrait of human life and French society through the representations of animals. His work is marked by great insight into human moral character, while it preaches the value of the middle road.

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