Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. vi-xii

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Translator's Preface

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pp. xvii-xxii

I am a self-confessed La Fontaine addict. Unlike other addictions, this one is quite harmless. It even has an upside. My translations can help introduce those with limited or no French to the genius of the genial fabulist; and even, perhaps—though doubtful—improve the behavior of a reader or two. (“Doubtful,” because, though...

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Introduction by John Hollander

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p. xxiii

With the epic formula, “Je chante les héros” (I sing those heroes), Jean de La Fontaine begins the opening poem of his epical twelve books of not quite epical fables. The remainder of the passage makes clear the author’s quieter but...

For Monseigneur le Dauphin1

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p. 1

BOOK I

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pp. 5-28

BOOK II

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pp. 29-54

BOOK III

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pp. 55-76

BOOK IV

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pp. 77-108

BOOK V

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pp. 109-130

BOOK VI

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pp. 131-154

BOOK VII

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pp. 155-186

BOOK VIII

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pp. 187-230

BOOK IX

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pp. 231-266

BOOK X

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pp. 267-292

BOOK XI

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pp. 293-312

BOOK XII

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pp. 313-402

APPENDIXES

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pp. 399-404

Notes

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pp. 405-440

Notes on Illustrations

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pp. 441-446

Bibliography

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pp. 447-448

Index

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pp. 449-460

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