Untermeyer, Bryna Ivens
. Golden Press . NY ,
PZ10.3.U62 Le 1963 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A nice book, found twice within a month. I had thought that its illustrations came from the Untermeyer/Provenson Aesop's Fables (1965) or its (Greek?) source. After closer comparison, these illustrations with Greek and English phrases are in the same style as those in 1965, but they are completely independent. The question remains: Why the Greek? Was it done just for this North American edition? The fifteen fables here have texts written by Michael Lewis, of whom I do not otherwise know. The credits seem not to point to a book of his. Do not miss AL with text by Untermeyer and art by Harlow Rockwell. There is good advice on 26: drop the morals if you want. Is one to think that the cooperation with the Provensons on this book brought Louis Untermeyer (What happened to Bryna?) to want to undertake a whole book on Aesop together? If so, for this exclusively Aesopic book, Untermeyer would write his own texts.