A hundred fables of La Fontaine

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Greenwich House, Apr 1, 1983 - Juvenile Fiction - 202 pages
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Contents

The Lion and the Gnat
70
104
76
The Lion beaten by the
78
The Oak and the Reed
132
The Thieves and the
140
124
152
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About the author (1983)

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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