The Complete Fables of Jean de La Fontaine
by Jean La Fontaine
translated by Norman R Shapiro
University of Illinois Press, 2007
Cloth: 978-0-252-03144-1 | Paper: 978-0-252-07381-6 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09167-4
Library of Congress Classification PQ1811.E3S45 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 841.4
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Told in an elegant style, Jean de la Fontaine's (1621-95) charming animal fables depict sly foxes and scheming cats, vain birds and greedy wolves, all of which subtly express his penetrating insights into French society and the beasts found in all of us. Norman R. Shapiro has been translating La Fontaine's fables for over twenty years, capturing the original work's lively mix of plain and archaic language. This newly complete translation is destined to set the English standard for this work.
Awarded the Lewis Galantière Prize by the American Translators Association, 2008.
Contents Translator's Preface Introduction by John Hollander The Fables For Monseigneur le Dauphin Book I The Cricket and the Ant The Crow and the Fox The Frog Who Would Grow as Big as the Ox The Two Mules The Wolf and the Hound The Heifer, the Goat, and the Lamb in Consort with the Lion The Beggar's Sack The Swallow and the Little Birds The City Rat and the Country Rat The Wolf and the Lamb The Man and His Image The Dragon with Many Heads and the Dragon with Many Tails The Thieves and the Ass Simonides Saved by the Gods Death and the Wretched Man & Death and the Woodsman The Middle-aged Man and His Two Mistresses The Fox and the Stork The Child and the Schoolmaster The Cock and the Pearl The Hornets and the Honeybees The Oak and the Reed Book II Against Those with Too Difficult Tastes The Rats in Council Assembled The Wolf Pleading against the Fox before the Ape The Two Bulls and a Frog The Bat and the Two Weasels The Bird Wounded by an Arrow The Mastiff Bitch and Her Friend The Eagle and the Dung Beetle The Lion and the Gnat The Ass with a Load of Sponges, and the Ass with a Load of Salt The Lion and the Rat & The Dove and the Ant The Astrologer Who Happens to Fall into a Well The Hare and the Frogs The Cock and the Fox The Crow Who Wanted to Imitate the Eagle The Peacock Who Complained to Juno The Cat Metamorphosed into a Woman The Lion and the Ass out Hunting The Will Explained by ¿esop Book III The Miller, His Son, and the Ass The Limbs and the Stomach The Wolf Turned Shepherd The Frogs Who Ask for a King 5 The Fox and the Goat The Eagle, the Wild Sow, and the Cat The Drunkard and His Wife Gout and the Spider The Wolf and the Stork The Lion Brought Down by Man The Fox and the Grapes The Swan and the Cook The Wolf and the Ewes The Lion Grown Old Philomela and Procne The Drowned Wife The Weasel in the Larder The Cat and an Old Rat Book IV The Lion in Love The Shepherd and the Sea The Fly and the Ant The Gardener and His Lord The Ass and the Pup The War between the Rats and the Weasels The Ape and the Dolphin The Man with the Wooden Idol The Jay Dressed in the Peacock's Feathers The Camel and the Floating Sticks The Frog and the Rat The Tribute Sent by the Animals to Alexander The Horse Who Sought Revenge on the Stag The Fox and the Bust The Wolf, the She-goat, and the Kid & The Wolf, the Mother, and the Child A Reflection from Socrates The Old Man and His Sons The Oracle and the Infidel The Miser Who Lost His Treasure The Master's Eye The Lark, Her Little Ones, and the Farmer Who Owns the Field Book V The Woodsman and Mercury The Earthen Pot and the Iron Pot The Little Fish and the Fisherman The Hare and His Ears The Fox Who Lost His Tail The Old Woman and the Two Servants The Satyr and the Passerby The Horse and the Wolf The Ploughman and His Sons The Mountain in Labor Dame Fortune and the Child The Doctors The Hen with the Golden Eggs The Ass with a Load of Holy Relics The Deer and the Vine The Snake and the File 6 The Hare and the Partridge The Eagle and the Owl The Lion Going off to War The Bear and the Two Companions The Ass Dressed in the Lion's Skin Book VI The Shepherd and the Lion & The Lion and the Hunter Phoebus and Boreas Jupiter and the Farmer The Cockerel, the Cat, and the Little Mouse The Fox, the Ape, and the Animals The Mule Who Boasted of His Family Tree The Old Man and the Ass The Stag Who Sees Himself in the Water The Hare and the Tortoise The Ass and His Masters The Sun and the Frogs The Peasant and the Snake The Sick Lion and the Fox The Bird-catcher, the Hawk, and the Lark The Horse and the Ass The Dog Who Drops His Prey for Its Reflection The Wagoner Stuck in the Mud The Charlatan Discord The Young Widow Epilogue Book VII For Madame de Montespan The Animals Ill with the Plague The Man Who Married a Shrew The Rat Who Withdrew from the World The Heron and the Damsel The Wishes King Lion's Court The Vultures and the Pigeons The Coach and the Fly The Milkmaid and the Milk Jug The Cur¿ and the Corpse The Man Who Runs after Fortune, and The Man Who Waits for Her in His Bed The Two Cocks The Ingratitude and Injustice of Men toward Fortune The Fortune-tellers The Cat, the Weasel, and the Little Rabbit The Snake's Head and Tail An Animal in the Moon Book VIII Death and the Dying Man The Cobbler and the Financier The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox The Power of Fables The Man and the Flea Women and Secrets 7 The Dog Who Carries His Master's Dinner around His Neck The Joker and the Fish The Rat and the Oyster The Bear and the Garden-lover The Two Friends The Hog, the Goat, and the Sheep Tircis and Amaranth The Lioness's Funeral The Rat and the Elephant The Horoscope The Ass and the Dog The Pasha and the Merchant The Value of Knowledge Jupiter and the Thunderbolts The Falcon and the Capon The Cat and the Rat The Torrent and the Rivulet Breeding The Two Dogs and the Dead Ass Democritus and the Abderitans The Wolf and the Hunter Book IX The Faithless Trustee The Two Pigeons The Ape and the Leopard The Acorn and the Pumpkin The Schoolboy, the Pedant, and the Owner of a Garden The Sculptor and the Statue of Jupiter The Mouse Metamorphosed into a Maiden The Madman Who Sells Wisdom The Oyster and the Adversaries The Wolf and the Scrawny Dog All in Moderation The Taper Jupiter and the Traveler The Cat and the Fox The Husband, the Wife, and the Thief The Treasure and the Two Men The Monkey and the Cat The Kite and the Nightingale The Shepherd and His Flock Discourse for Madame de la Sabli¿re The Two Rats, the Fox, and the Egg Book X The Man and the Snake The Turtle and the Two Ducks The Fishes and the Cormorant The Money-burier and His Friend The Wolf and the Shepherds The Spider and the Swallow The Partridge and the Cocks The Dog Who Had His Ears Cut Short The Shepherd and the King The Fishes and the Shepherd Who Plays the Flute 8 The Two Parrots, the King, and His Son The Lioness and the She-bear The Two Adventurers and the Wondrous Writ Discourse for Monsieur le duc de la Rochefoucauld The Merchant, the Aristocrat, the Shepherd, and the Prince Book XI The Lion The Gods Wishing to Instruct a Son of Jupiter The Farmer, the Hound, and the Fox The Dream of the Man from the Mogol Land The Lion, the Ape, and the Two Asses The Wolf and the Fox The Peasant from the Danube The Old Man and the Three Young Men The Mice and the Screech Owl Epilogue Book XII The Companions of Ulysses The Cat and the Two Sparrows The Treasure-hoarder and the Ape The Two Goats For Monseigneur le duc de Bourgogne The Old Cat and the Young Mouse The Sick Stag The Bat, the Bush, and the Duck The Quarrel of the Dogs and Cats and of the Cats and Mice The Wolf and the Fox The Crayfish and Her Daughter The Eagle and the Magpie The Kite, the King, and the Fowler The Fox, the Flies, and the Hedgehog Love and Folly The Crow, the Gazelle, the Tortoise, and the Rat The Forest and the Woodsman The Fox, the Wolf, and the Horse The Fox and the Young Turkey Cocks The Ape The Scythian Philosopher The Elephant and Jupiter's Ape A Fool and a Wise Man The English Fox Daphnis and Alcimadura Philemon and Baucis The Matron of Ephesus Belphegor The Daughters of Mineas The Arbiter, the Hospitaler, and the Hermit Appendix The Sun and the Frogs The Rats' League Notes Notes to Illustrations Bibliography Index