After Aesop: Improvisations on Aesop's Fables

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University Press of America, Apr 21, 2010 - Literary Collections - 238 pages
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In After Aesop: Improvisations on Aesop's Fables, Steven Carter adds parody to his wide-ranging repertoire of literary genres. Aesop, perhaps the world's best-known author, produced hundreds of fables that have been re-told countless times, but rarely parodied on a one-to-one basis. By turns hilarious, poignant, and profound, the more than 200 entries in After Aesop are certain to instruct and entertain a diverse modern audience.
 

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Contents

The lion the fox and the monkey
115
The abbots and the monks
116
The fox and the jackdaw
117
The very large jackdaw
118
The jackdaw and the birds
119
The jackdaw that escaped slavery
120
The raven the dog and Athena
121
The ploughmans child and the snails
122

The young fox and the Oracle
9
The boy and the tripe
10
The hungry fox
11
The monkey and the fox
12
The merchant and the statue of Hermes
13
The fisherman and the giant octopus
14
The farmer and the eagle
15
Hermes and the man who made sacrifices
16
The debtor the creditor and the enchanted sow
17
The loquacious cat and the clever cock
18
The fox and the henhouse
19
The dog and Hermes
20
The master the ugly slavegirl and Aphrodite
21
The dog and the reeds
22
The hungry fisherman and the small mackerel
23
The old fisherman who made things difficult
24
Prometheus and the roads to freedom and slavery
25
The fox and the leopard
26
The dullwitted acolytes
27
The little birds and the lonely cuckoo
28
The cowardly man and the ravens
29
The sick man and the gods
30
The pigeon and the snake
31
The hen and the cat
32
The shipwreck the man the ants and Hermes
33
The man the sparrow and Apollo
34
The man with two mistresses
35
Prometheus and Opportunity
36
The eyeless man and the wolf cub
37
The proud wolf and the pride of lions
38
The sick man the gods and the pirates
39
The man Aesop and the bow
40
The beetle and the eagle
41
The farmer and the fox
42
The gods and man
43
The swallow and the birds who wouldnt take heed
44
The man the lion and the statue
45
The rooster who founded a religion
46
The man and the god fashioned from clay
47
The man and the golden statue of the lion
48
The bear and the fox
49
The wolf and the ploughman
50
The well and the stars
51
The frogs and the serpentgod
52
The frog and the fox
53
The horses and the axle
54
The lion and the oxen
55
The priests and the ass
56
The oxdriver and Hermes
57
The slave and Aesop in the agora
58
The linnet and the bat
59
The shepherd and Zeus
60
The houseferret the handsome young man and Aphrodite
61
The old man and Death
62
The ploughman and the dogs
63
The serpent and the ploughman
64
The old man the sons and the vineyard
65
The ass and the tanner
66
The ploughman and the tree
67
The ploughman and the Goddess of Chance
68
The farmers ears and the honey
69
The kindly father the apple tree and the quarrelsome sons
70
The old woman the doctor and the judge
71
The dutiful wife and the drunken husband
72
The widow and the servantgirls
73
The widow and the magic hen
74
The prophetic sorceress
75
The heifer and the ox
76
The hunter the woodcutter and the lion
77
The young sow and the lambs
78
The whales the dolphins and the magic minnow
79
Diogenes and the bald man
80
The oak trees and Zeus
81
Diogenes the old woman and the soup
82
The woodcutters and the pine tree
83
The silver fir tree and the bramble
84
The kid the wolf and the roof of the house
85
Hermes and the sculptor
86
The wolf and the lamb
87
Hermes and the blind seer
88
Hermes and the cloak of lies
89
Hermes and the Arabs
90
The eunuch and the shaman
91
The adder the watersnake and the frogs
92
Zeus the fox and the cockchafer
93
Zeus and Hermes
94
Zeus and Apollo
95
Zeus and the jar of good things
96
Zeus Prometheus Athena and the minor god Momos
97
Zeus and the tortoise
98
The mule and the race
99
The birdcatcher and the asp
100
The sick man and the quack
101
The sick man and the doctor
102
The kite and the serpent
103
The horse and the millwheel
104
The groom and the horse
105
The reed and the olive tree
106
The ape and the piglet
107
The cameldriver and the sitting camel
108
Zeus and the camel
109
The two scarab beetles
110
The crab and the fox
111
The mother crab and her offspring
112
The thieves and the cockerel that did things by the numbers
113
The stomach and the feet
114
The farmer and the swan
123
The raven and the gods
124
The two crested larks a Creation Myth
125
The raven and the chough
126
The two dogs
127
The two starving dogs
128
The man the dog and the townspeople
129
The woodchopper and the trees
130
The dog that ran away
131
The cranes the stork and the farmers seeds
132
The cockerel the dog and the fox
133
The hound and the hare
134
The dog and the bell
135
The lion and the hunting dog with sensitive hearing
136
The hares and the foxes
137
The hares and the frogs
138
The lion and the eagle
139
The gnat the lion and the spider
140
The seagull and the kite
141
The vixen and the lioness
142
The lion and the fox
143
The ploughman and the lion
144
The lion and the dullwitted ploughmans daughter
145
The lion the bear and the fox
146
The lion the fox and the stag
147
The frog the lion and Zeus
148
The lion and the wild boar
149
The lion and the dolphin
150
The lion the fox and the ass
151
The lion and the elephant
152
The lion and the bull
153
The stag and the lion
154
The lion the mouse and the fox
155
The bandit and the mulberry tree
156
The dogs and the Athenian general
157
The wolves and the ram
158
The wolf proud of his shadow
159
The silly wolf and the lamb
160
The argumentative wolf and the argumentative heron
161
The wolfking and the ass
162
The wolf and the shepherd
163
The wolf and the ewe
164
The two young men and the butcher
165
The ant and the pigeon
166
The ant and the scarab beetle
167
The sick man and the doctor
168
The bat the ferret the fox and the owl
169
The wayfarers and the bears
170
The wayfarers the driftwood and Zeus
171
The man and the golden sword of Truth
172
The asses and Zeus
173
The ass on trial
174
The wild ass and the domestic ass
175
The ass the river and Zeus
176
The man the philosophical ass and the statue of the god
177
The ass the cockerel and the lion
178
The fox the ass and the lion
179
The ass and the frogs
180
The ass the cicadas and Zeus
181
The ass and the wolf
182
The wild pigeons and the domesticated pigeons
183
The birdcatcher and the partridge
184
The hen and the swallow
185
The tail and the rest of the body of the snake
186
The crab and the snake
187
The father the daughters and the gods
188
The man and the partridge
189
The thirsty pigeon and the painting
190
The monkey and the fishing net
191
The dancing monkey and the dancing camel
192
The wolf and the wellfed dog
193
The river and the oxhide
194
The clown the farmer and the piglet
195
The catskinning contest
196
The Athenian trumpeter and the Persians
197
The bees and partridges and the ploughman
198
The bull and wild goats
199
The peacock and the crane
200
The peacock the jackdaw and the crane
201
The fox and the cicada
202
The nails and the wall
203
The mule and the donkey
204
The lonely owl and the recalcitrant mouse
205
The wayfarers and the monkeys
206
The fox the goat and the well
207
The flea and the abbot
208
The birdcatcher and the wild rooster
209
The ants and the fat pig
210
The farmer and the bullock
211
The mouse the frog and the hawk
212
The wolf the fox and the monkeyjudge
213
The philosopher and the young man
214
The monkey and the fox
215
The lion the robber and the innocent traveler
216
The wolf the pig and the lion
217
The wild ass and the boastful wild boars
218
The hunter and the lion
219
The poor musician and the audience
220
The mother monkey and her baby
221
The hunter the hare and the horseman
222
The young mole and his mother
223
The hungry wolf and the thirsty goat
224
The lion and the ingratiating fox
225
The swallow and the gambler
226
About the Author
227
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Steven Carter, the only two-time winner of Italy's coveted Nuove Lettere International Poetry and Literature Prize, served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow at two Polish universities. He is Emeritus Professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield.

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