Zimler, Robert L
. Clarkson N. Potter . NY
PN6162.Z5 1964 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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An important book in my collection. I am surprised that I had not known of it earlier. A good resource, for example, on a sweep through the history of a single fable. Zimler is somewhere in a group that would include Thurber, Bierce, Eichenberg, and probably Monterroso. Zimler is longer and more complex than Bierce, but less radical than Thurber. Forty-nine fables, many of them with a psychoanalytic approach. A number of the fables are simply Aesop's but with changed morals. Other fables change the story a bit to get to their excellent morals. Some fables here mix two traditional stories together. Many add some elements to the traditional tale. There are also new fables, several very good, like Zeus and the Spider (#5) and The Ailing Farm Dog (#43). My impression is that McKie's drawings do not add much. Finally, note the great dedication: To my wife and children without whose constant help this book would have been written sooner.