Fables & Their Morals Volume 1: Androcles and the Lion to The Field of Treasure

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Fish, Becky Durost
Fish, Bruce
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1999
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Here is Volume 1 of a four-volume set, also collected into one volume. Twenty-five fables appear, along with their illustrations. These are enlarged from Gallaher's cigarette cards published in 1912 and 1922. What a clever way to avoid paying an artist! Gallaher had included a title and Gallaher's Cigarettes on each card, and these are nicely removed here. The fables included here are the first segment of the collection of a hundred in alphabetical order. An introduction botches the subject of fable, I would say, by taking fable as an animal story. It is no surprise then that it goes on to provide a short history more of animal stories than of fables. Similarly, Further Readings (60) are really about animal literature, not fable literature. The various literatures mentioned in the introduction are not represented in the collection, which is controlled by the hundred cards produced by Gallaher. GA is told with many grasshoppers rather than the usual one (12). Bowman on the cards is changed to Archer here (16). The texts are generally slightly longer than one would expect for fables.
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Chelsea House Publishers
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