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David Coward: La Fontaine’s fables, 7 February 2002

Complete Tales in Verse 
by Jean de La Fontaine, translated by Guido Waldman.
Carcanet, 334 pp., £14.95, October 2000, 9781857544824
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The Fables of La Fontaine: Wisdom Brought down to Earth 
by Andrew Calder.
Droz, 234 pp., £36.95, September 2001, 2 600 00464 5
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The Craft of La Fontaine 
by Maya Slater.
Fairleigh Dickinson, 255 pp., $43.50, May 2001, 0 8386 3920 8
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... but contentment and its precondition is the puncturing of self-esteem. In The Craft of La Fontaine Maya Slater agrees that the appropriate response to La Fontaine is suspicion: a view she justifies with micro-readings which peel back the layers of his writing and reveal as much craftiness as craft. Her careful study of La Fontaine’s cunning art adds a ...

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