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The Complete Fables of Jean de La Fontaine

Jean La Fontaine

Publication Year: 2007

Told in an elegant style, Jean de la Fontaines (1621-95) charming animal fables depict sly foxes and scheming cats, vain birds and greedy wolves, all of which subtly express his penetrating insights into French society and the beasts found in all of us. Norman R. Shapiro has been translating La Fontaines fables for over twenty years, capturing the original works lively mix of plain and archaic language. This newly complete translation is destined to set the English standard for this work

Published by: University of Illinois Press

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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pp. 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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pp. 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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E-ISBN-13: 9780252091674
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252031441

Page Count: 504
Publication Year: 2007