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Les fables de la fontaine du monastere st vincent a lisbonne (French) Hardcover – May 10, 2002
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Many of the fables are moral allegories with animals mirroring human folly and behavior. At the same time, La Fontaine portrays his animals as feeling, even thinking, beings, interspersed throughout the poem with princes, poor men and Olympic gods.
La Faontaine inspired many artists to illustrate his fables. In Gustave Dore he found his most congenial illustrator. Dore had already illustrated many masterpieces of world literature - among them Dante, Balzac and Cervantes, as well as the Bible - and in 1868 he turned his attention to La Fontaine's fables for which he drew pictures with a charm, drama and emotion that have remained unsurpassed to this day.
Dore's illustrations were published in the eighteen-sixties with a translation from the French by Walter Thornbury, whose work is reproduced in this edition.