Les Fables de Pitje Schramouille
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Roger Kervyn de Marcke ten Driessche
Here is a second copy of a second edition, apparently referring to the first edition by Éditions de la Jeunesse Nouvelle in 1923. This work was mentioned to me by fellow Jesuits at my first breakfast in Brussels, and my first copy was waiting at my bedroom door by the time I returned from breakfast. This edition adds a separate drama at its end and also at least four pen and ink drawings (17, 41, 49, and 89). Because the language of the fables is too difficult for me, I resort to an abbreviation of my slightly paraphrased version of an online translation of a description used by Amazon: "Written in a mixture of Flemish and French, these fables were first published in 1923. Inspired by La Fontaine, they entertain us with tenderness, humour and common sense, the atmosphere that prevailed at the beginning of the century in the streets of the Marolles, in the heart of Brussels. Through the original and spontaneous language of the author, a whole section of the population expresses itself. This true literary creation has a surprising naturalness, which suggests all the richness of personality of the author. Roger Kervyn de Marcke ten Driessche (Ghent 1896 - Brussels 1965) was originally a lawyer, a defender of the small people. He perceived from his childhood and with accuracy the soul of the Marolles. He described the inhabitants with the irony and finesse of his temperament." There is a T of C on the last page, 95, including the play added here: El Sièg' de Trwa."