A Comparison of the Fables Contained in La Fontaine, Marie De France, and the Collections known as Isopet I, Isopet II, Isopet de Lyon
Benn, Margaret Rara
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This is a Master's Thesis submitted to the Department of Romance Languages and Literature of the University of Kansas in 1908. It may contain some good criticism of the five collections it compares. I have not read through the criticism and so I cannot say. I can say three things. First, this thesis is poorly presented, to say the least. I would not have believed that a reputable institution would accept a work so filled with errors and crossouts. The thesis is unpaginated and presented in single-space. I would not accept such work from a normal undergraduate, much less a candidate for an MA degree. Secondly, the work is poorly done by its contemporary republishers. Many pages are faint. Those frustrated with the copying of the dissertation into the present paperback will only be exasperated when the last page -- or last pages? -- is missing. The last page of this work as it presents itself is a repeat of the page before. Apparently no one bothered to check this work of less than 100 pages, even though it cost $49. Thirdly, other fable scholars might have hoped for some charts indicating which works are found in which collections. I find no such helps here. I have been frustrated with print-on-demand books for some years. I took another try on this one. Imagine whether I will try again soon!