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La Fontaine

La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695) was a French poet.

His Fables are masterworks of French literature. His fables of animals and everyday life took their inspiration from Aesop and Horace. In 1683 he became a member of the Académie Française. He was born in Château-Thierry and died in Paris. He is interred in the Père Lachaise cemetery.

Further reading

  • Poet and the King: Jean De La Fontaine and His Century by Marc Fumaroli, Jean Marie Todd (Transl.) Pub. U. of Notre Dame; ISBN 0268038775; (May 2002)
  • Fifty Fables of La Fontaine by Jean De La Fontaine, Pub. U. of Ill.; ISBN 0252066499; (September 1997)

External Link

the e-text of Jean de La Fontaine's The Fables of La Fontaine (http://www.abacci.com/books/book.asp?bookID=2836)

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