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- DescriptionTimeless and timely, La Fontaine's Fables still speak to us today. Pearl Hochstadt's translation has been praised as: Witty, modern, and faithful -Thalia Pandiri, Editor of Metamorphoses, the Journal of the Five College Faculty Seminar on Literary Translation A fine, lively text which would give any new reader a sense of what La Fontaine is about -Professor Richard Howard, Columbia University, poet and translator. For centuries the Fables of Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) have delighted French readers, captivated by their wit and charm. Memorizing the first few fables has been a staple feature of the early education of French schoolchildren. But those who go on to examine the entire oeuvre soon recognize a sophistication that leaves the simple lessons of childhood far behind, offering instead a rueful recognition of the frailties and follies of humankind. Like all proverbial wisdom, his messages are full of contradictions. Some advocate prudence; some celebrate boldness. Some praise generosity; others warn against being generous to treacherous types. But what unites all of them is the artfulness of their telling- the poetry. It is this quality that Pearl Hochstadt has aimed to capture in verses that approximate both the rhyme schemes and the often irregular meters of the original text.
- Date of Publication07/08/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectChildren's General Non-Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight259 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Translated byPearl Hochstadt
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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