La Fontaine: Six Fables for Acting

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La Fontaine, Jean de
Wilgress, John
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1937
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This is a clever book intended, as its preface says, as a dramatic reader. Wilgress asks there that, when the plays are acted, the productions should be formal rather than realist. For each of the six fables, he offers first La Fontaine's text and then a prose script for acting. Théa's cartoons are lively and helpful. Among the best are the introductory image for TB (33) and the brutal title-picture for Animaux malades (41). The Schoolboy, the Pedant, and the Gardener brings a good illustration of a kid sticking his tongue out (65) and of a tree scowling (70). The six fables offered here are Le Bûcheron et Mercure, Le Savetier et le Financier, TB, Les Animaux malades de la Peste, L'Écolier, le Pédant et le Maître d'un Jardin, and Le Marchand, le Gentilhomme, le Pâtre et le Fils de Roi. There is a fourteen-page vocabulary at the back.
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Ginn and Company LTD.
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