Fifty Fables of La Fontaine

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University of Illinois Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 119 pages
Finally available in paperback--the original collection of La Fontaine fables by the award-winning translator Norman Shapiro, working his alchemy by transforming the accompanying original French verses into equally valuable and brilliant English gold. These wonderfully wrought moral tales charm children with bright and basic truths as they delight adults with reflectively subtle, sophisticated facets of wit and wisdom.
 

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Contents

III
xx
IV
xxi
V
2
VI
3
VII
6
VIII
7
IX
8
X
9
LIV
58
LV
59
LVI
60
LVII
61
LVIII
62
LIX
63
LX
64
LXI
65

XI
10
XII
11
XIII
12
XIV
13
XV
14
XVI
15
XVII
16
XVIII
17
XIX
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XX
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XXI
19
XXII
19
XXIII
19
XXIV
19
XXV
20
XXVI
21
XXVII
24
XXVIII
25
XXIX
28
XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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XXXV
35
XXXVI
35
XXXVII
35
XXXVIII
38
XXXIX
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XL
42
XLI
43
XLII
43
XLIII
43
XLIV
44
XLV
45
XLVI
48
XLVII
49
XLVIII
52
XLIX
53
L
54
LI
55
LII
56
LIII
57
LXII
66
LXIII
67
LXIV
68
LXV
69
LXVI
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LXVII
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LXVIII
72
LXIX
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LXX
76
LXXI
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LXXII
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LXXIII
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LXXIV
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LXXV
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LXXVI
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LXXVII
85
LXXVIII
86
LXXIX
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LXXX
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LXXXI
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LXXXII
90
LXXXIII
91
LXXXIV
92
LXXXV
93
LXXXVI
93
LXXXVII
93
LXXXVIII
93
LXXXIX
93
XC
96
XCI
97
XCII
100
XCIII
101
XCIV
103
XCV
103
XCVI
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XCVII
107
XCVIII
108
XCIX
109
C
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CI
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CII
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About the author (1997)

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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