Aesop's Fables

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Wordsworth Editions, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 223 pages
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Aesop's celebrated collection of fables has always been popular with both adults and children. These simple tales embody truths so powerful, the titles of the individual fables - the fox and the grapes, the dog in the manger, the wolf in sheep's clothing and many others - have entered the languages and idioms of most European tongues.

This edition is beautifully illustrated in black and white by the great Arthur Rackham, and has an introduction by G.K. Chesterton.


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User Review  - flamingrosedrakon - LibraryThing

I was one of those babies born in the late '80s who was raised with morals under Disney, Aesop and just knowing that God makes us all unique. Every cartoon and children's shows that we had was healthy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hazel66 - LibraryThing

The first of "1000 Books to Read Before You Die". Interesting from a historical standpoint but am not feeling "masterpiece". I don't like all the dead and dying animals. Glad I read it and may find some of them useful for future writing and research. Read full review

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The Horse the Groom
The Boys the Frogs
The Bee Jupiter
The Ass His Shadow
The Dog in the Manger
The Tortoise the Eagle
The Ox the Frog
The Town Mouse the Country Mouse
The Bald Man the Fly
The Wolf the Boy
The Ass His Purchaser
The PackAss the Wild Ass the Lion
The Dog the Wolf
The Dogs the Fox
The Lion the Wolf the Fox

The Rich Man the Tanner
The Lion the Mouse the Fox

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About the author (1994)

Arthur Rackham was born in London, England. At the age of 18, he worked as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying part-time at the Lambeth School of Art. In 1892 he left his job and started working for The Westminster Budget as a reporter and illustrator. His first book illustrations were published in 1893 in To the Other Side by Thomas Rhodes, but his first serious commission was in 1894 for The Dolly Dialogues, the collected sketches of Anthony Hope, who later went on to write The Prisoner of Zenda. Book illustrating then became Rackham's career for the rest of his life. Rackham invented his own unique technique which resembled photographic reproduction; he would first sketch an outline of his drawing, then lightly block in shapes and details. Afterwards he would add lines in pen and India ink, removing the pencil traces after it had dried. With color pictures, he would then apply multiple washes of color until transparent tints were created. Arthur Rackham died in 1939 of cancer in his home in Limpsfield, Surrey.

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