Arthur Golding's 'A Moral Fabletalk' and Other Renaissance Fable Translations

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Blake, Liza
Santos, Kathriyn Vomero
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2017
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Here is a very helpful volume of some 594 pages. It contains Arthur Golding's "A Moral Fabletalk" entire and parts or all of four other significant Renaissance translations, starting with Caxton in 1480. The last selections are from John Ogilby's two multiply-edited publications. The other two are new to me: Richard Smith's translation of Henryson and John Brinsley's school publication. Among the helps along the way, do not miss the "Table of Fables" on 54-60. One of the greatest contributions of the book is to produce Golding's work so nicely. One recognizes illustration after illustration that jump out as significant in the fable tradition. Let me mention a few early illustrations: FS (79); LM (85); and "The Donkey and the Little Dog" (123). The same is true for Ogilby. Old friends here are FM (426); LM (436); "The Dog and the Thief" (442); and BM (452). The introductions, cross-references, and lists of emendations are all helpful. I am sorry that it has taken me a year and a half to get back to this work!
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