Get this from a library! Basne: izbor. [Jean de La Fontaine; Gustav Dorè; S S Mokuljski; Slavko Ježić]. Jean de La Fontaine was a French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which. The book presents a curious combination of world and local fabulists: Aesop ( perhaps fables), Panchatantra (9), La Fontaine (19), Lessing (25), and Krylov .

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Repaired now, its present position is in the square fronting the fonntaine former house. He was then forty-three years old, and his previous printed productions had been comparatively trivial, though much of his work was handed about in manuscript long before it was regularly published. Inthe writer had published a revised edition of the Contesalthough he suffered a severe illness.

But, though La Fontaine recovered for the time, he was broken by age and infirmity, and his new hosts had to nurse rather than to entertain him, which they did very carefully fontainr kindly. Please verify that you are not a fonntaine. All that can be positively said against her is that she was a negligent housewife and an inveterate novel reader; de la Fontaine himself was constantly away from home, was certainly not strict in point of conjugal fidelity, and was so bad a man of business that his affairs became involved in hopeless difficulty, and a financial separation of property separation de biens had to take place in Two contemporary sculptors made head and shoulders busts of La Fongaine.

They were particularly marked by their archly licentious tone.

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While the Fables have an international reputation, celebration of their author has largely been confined to France. His later contemporaries helped to swell the tale, and the 18th century finally accepted fkntaine, including the anecdotes of his meeting his son, being told who he was, and remarking, Ah, yes, I thought I had seen him somewhere!

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In laa was, at more than sixty years of age, recognized as one of the foremost men of letters of France.

Even in his own lifetime, such was his renown, he was painted by three leading portraitists. In this latter year a curious instance of the docility with which the poet lent himself to any influence was afforded by his officiating, at the instance of the Port-Royalistsas editor of a volume of sacred poetry dedicated to the Prince of Conti.

It was not until he was past thirty that his literary career began. Another vacancy occurred, however, some months later, and to this Boileau was elected. Some features of WorldCat will not be available.

Jean de La Fontaine

There appears to be absolutely no ground for the vague scandal as to her conduct, which was, for the most part, raised long afterwards by gossip or personal enemies of La Fontaine.

The next year Colbert died and La Fontaine was again nominated. Both sides of his family were of the highest provincial middle class; though they were not noble, his father was fairly wealthy. Portrait by Hyacinthe Rigaud private collection. Meanwhile, the poet continued to find friends. He still retained his rangership, and in we have something like a reprimand from Colbert suggesting that he should look into some malpractices at Chateau Thierry.

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His wife survived him nearly fifteen years. He was no less popular at the Bourbon Restorationas is evidenced by the royal commission of his statue. The king, whose assent was necessary, not merely for election but for a second ballot in case of the failure of an absolute majority, was ill-pleased, and the election was left pending. The E-mail Address es field is required.

He seems to have had no trouble whatever about his affairs thenceforward; and could devote himself to his two different lines of poetry, as well as to that of theatrical composition. This was a perfectly amicable transaction for the benefit of the family; by degrees, however, the pair, still without any actual quarrel, ceased to live together, and for the greater part of the last forty years of de la Fontaine’s life he lived in Paris while his wife remained in Chateau Thierry which, however, he frequently visited.


The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. He is known above all for his Fableswhich provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages.

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Few people who paid their court to Fouquet went away empty-handed, and La Fontaine soon received a pension of livreson the easy terms of a copy of verses for each quarters receipt. The reading of Malherbeit is said, first awoke poetical fancies in him, but for some time he attempted nothing but trifles in the fashion of the time — epigramsballadesrondeauxetc.

His first serious work was a translation or adaptation of basn Eunuchus of Terence The numerous works of La Fontaine fall into three traditional divisions: Kingdom of France portal Biography portal. After fohtaine long period of royal suspicion, he was admitted to the French Academy and his reputation in France has never faded since. Further evidence of La Fontaine’s enduring popularity is his appearance on a playing card from the second year of the French Revolution.

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