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The Complete Tales in Verse: La Fontaine
The Complete Tales in Verse: La Fontaine

The Complete Tales in Verse: La Fontaine


334 Pages, 5 3/4 x 8 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $26.95 (US $26.95) (CA $36.95)

Publication Date: June 2006

ISBN 9781857544824

Rights: US, CA, NZ, CAM, SAM, CAR, PH, KR & FM

Carcanet Press, Ltd. (Jun 2006)
Carcanet Press Ltd.

Price: $26.95


First published three years before the Jean de la Fontaine's Fables began to appear, the verse compositions in Complete Tales in Verse were the fruit of Fontaine's wicked delight in reading Boccacio's Decameron, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, the works of Rabelais, and others. Marital misdemeanors, resourceful females, and addled males inspire some of the author's most richly inventive plotting, which recasts the source stories in his own witty words. While Rabelais, Voltaire, and Moli+re are more commonly cited for their comedic virtues, this collection demonstrates Fontaine's deserving place alongside them.

Author Biography

Jean de la Fontaine continues to be one of the most cherished authors in the French pantheon of literature. His Fables, verse reworkings of classical tales from sources such as Aesop and Horace, is recognized as a milestone of French literature and culture. Guido Waldman, is a translator and editor, and is currently editorial director of the Harvill Press.