The Complete Fables of La Fontaine
. University of Illinois Press . Urbana and Chicago
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Here is my work copy of this fine book. After his work on three partial editions of fables of La Fontaine, Shapiro has arrived at a complete fables. The book gives credit to the three exclusively La Fontaine editions that Shapiro produced: Fifty Fables of La Fontaine (1985); Fifty More Fables of La Fontaine (1998); and Once Again, La Fontaine (2000). The former two were done by the University of Illinois Press, the latter by Wesleyan University Press. The illustrations are apparently all taken from the latter book; one from a well-known fable in that book appears at the beginning of each book. There is a T of C at the beginning and a set of things at the end: notes on texts, notes on illustrations, a bibliography, and an index of subjects. This is a nicely produced book that I would consider using in a course that read La Fontaine's fables. I trust Shapiro's translating. My sampling of translations here only confirmed my earlier positive opinion of his work.