David Coward: La Fontaine’s fables
7 February 2002
Show More Complete Tales in Verse by Jean de La Fontaine, translated by Guido Waldman.
Carcanet, 334 pp., £14.95, October 2000, 9781857544824Show More
The Fables of La Fontaine: Wisdom Brought down to Earth by Andrew Calder.
Droz, 234 pp., £36.95, September 2001, 2 600 00464 5Show More
The Craft of La Fontaine by Maya Slater.
Fairleigh Dickinson, 255 pp., $43.50, May 2001, 0 8386 3920 8Show More
“... XIV, La Fontaine showed the vulnerability of social consensus to the subversions of individuality. His relationship with his sources, however, was more complex here than it is in the Contes. For AndrewCalder, in The Fables of La Fontaine, he was a late Humanist, the heir of Marot, Rabelais and Montaigne. Renaissance writers, who admired Socrates for bringing the wisdom of the gods down to earth ...”