The Complete Fables of la Fontaine:
A New Translation in Verse
By Jean de la Fontaine (Author), Edward Sorel (Illustrator), Craig Hill (Translator)
You may also like:
When seventeenth-century French poet Jean de la Fontaine began writing his rhymed fables, drawn largely on Aesop but adapted to the society of his time, he had no idea his labours would become a masterpiece read around the world in hundreds of translations.
Each fable focuses on one or more animals, whose conduct generally mirrors the foibles, follies, and shortcomings of the human race. Though always popular with children, the fables are also often sophisticated, biting satires full of wit and dark humour, made even more enticing by their brilliant verse.
Craig Hill has given us a rare treat: both the irreverent spirit and the vivid poetry that have made La Fontaine's
fables beloved through the ages, continuing to amuse and inspire centuries after they first appeared in print. Making this volume even more of a delight are a dozen scintillating illustrations by Edward Sorel.
Hardcover / 400 pages
Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches