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The Resource Selected fables, Jean de La Fontaine ; translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Betts

Selected fables, Jean de La Fontaine ; translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Betts

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Selected fables
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Selected fables
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Jean de La Fontaine ; translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Betts
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
La Fontaine's verse fables turned the traditional folktales derived from Aesop and a range of Oriental sources into some of the greatest, and best-loved, poetic works in French. His versions of stories such as The Hare and the Tortoise and The Wolf and the Lamb are witty and sophisticated, satirizing human nature in miniature dramas in which the outcome is always unpredictable. The behavior of both animals and humans is usually centered on deception and cooperation (or the lack of it), as they cheat and fight each other, arguing about life and death, property and food, in an astonishing variety of narrative styles. The fables have long been popular with all ages, though their ironic take on contemporary society in French aristocratic circles is best appreciated by adults. This new translation by Christopher Betts matches the original in inventiveness and subtlety. It includes half of the fables first published in twelve books between 1668 and 1693, across the full range of subjects and themes. The fables are illustrated with a selection of Gustave Dore's majestic engravings, and an introduction offers insights into La Fontaine's life and literary artistry --
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Book jacket
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CDX
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1621-1695
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La Fontaine, Jean de
Dewey number
841/.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PQ1811.E3
LC item number
B48 2014
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1832-1883
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  • Betts, C. J.
  • Doré, Gustave
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  • La Fontaine, Jean de
  • La Fontaine, Jean de
  • Fables, French
  • Fables, French
Label
Selected fables, Jean de La Fontaine ; translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Betts
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-220)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The early fables (books I to VI, 1668) -- The later fables (books VII to XI, 1677-8, and book XII, 1693)
Control code
ocn872054845
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xlii, 224 pages
Isbn
9780199650729
Lccn
2013948403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199650729
  • (OCoLC)872054845
Label
Selected fables, Jean de La Fontaine ; translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Betts
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-220)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The early fables (books I to VI, 1668) -- The later fables (books VII to XI, 1677-8, and book XII, 1693)
Control code
ocn872054845
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xlii, 224 pages
Isbn
9780199650729
Lccn
2013948403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199650729
  • (OCoLC)872054845

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