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All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
As legend has it, the storyteller Aesop was a slave who lived in ancient Greece during the sixth century B.C. His memorable, recountable fables have brought amusing characters to life and driven home thought-provoking morals for generations of listeners and modern-day readers. Translated into countless languages and familiar to people around the world, Aesop’s fables never tarnish despite being told again and again.
This collection presents nearly 300 of Aesop’s most entertaining and enduring stories—from “The Hare and the Tortoise” and “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” to “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs” and “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Populated by a colorful array of animal characters who personify every imaginable human type—from fiddling grasshoppers and diligent ants to sly foxes, wicked wolves, brave mice, and grateful lions—these timeless tales are as fresh and relevant today as when they were first created.
Full of humor, insight, and wit, the tales in Aesop’s Fables champion the value of hard work and perseverance, compassion for others, and honesty. They are age-old wisdom in a delicious form, for the consumption of adults and children alike.
Aesop's Fables - Aesop
Apollonius of Tyana, a 1st century CE philosopher, is recorded as having said about Aesop:
... like those who dine well off the plainest dishes, he made use of humble incidents to teach great truths, and after serving up a story he adds to it the advice to do a thing or not to do it. Then, too, he was really more attached to truth than the poets are; for the latter do violence to their own stories in order to make them probable; but he by announcing a story which everyone knows not to be true, told the truth by the very fact that he did not claim to be relating real events. (Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Book V:14)
The book includes illustrations, active table of contents and free audiobook link for download (which can be downloaded using a PC/Mac) at the end of the book.
In this book, you’ll find some of Aesop’s famous stories (as well as some not so famous) with illustrations provided by Kamakiri Uno, one of Japan's leading comic artists.
THE SWOLLEN FOX
THE CROW AND THE SNAKE
THE SOLDIER AND HIS HORSE
THE FOX AND THE GOAT
THE BOY BATHING
THE TOWN MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE
THE DOG AND THE WOLF
THE CAGE-BIRD AND THE BAT
THE TRAVELLER AND FORTUNE
THE MICE AND THE WEASELS
THE MONKEY AND THE DOLPHIN
THE BOASTING TRAVELLER
THE MISCHIEVOUS DOG
THE BEE AND JUPITER
THE TWO BAGS
THE TRAVELLER AND FORTUNE
THE OLD WOMAN AND THE DOCTOR
THE STAG AND THE LION
THE FARMER AND THE STORK
THE BALD HUNTSMAN
THE ASS AND THE WOLF
JUPITER AND THE TORTOISE
THE QUACK DOCTOR
THE SWOLLEN FOX
About Kamakiri Uno:
Born on January 1, 1946, Kamakiri Uno was a pioneer in developing Japan’s single-frame comic genre. Kamakiri successfully combines farce with underlying earnestness, presenting layers of meaning in one illustration. In a sense, you could call him the Aesop of Japan.
Kamikiri’s works, from political to whimsical, have appeared in many of Japan’s leading newspapers and magazines. Mr. Kamakiri writes an almost-daily journal through art and text on his Facebook page (Japanese): https://www.facebook.com/kamakiri.uno
The fables originally belonged to the oral tradition and were not collected for some three centuries after Aesop's death. By that time a variety of other stories, jokes and proverbs were being ascribed to him, although some of that material was from sources earlier than him or came from beyond the Greek cultural sphere. The process of inclusion has continued until the present, with some of the fables unrecorded before the Late Middle Ages and others arriving from outside Europe. The process is continuous and new stories are still being added to the Aesop corpus, even when they are demonstrably more recent work and sometimes from known authors.
Manuscripts in Latin and Greek were important avenues of transmission, although poetical treatments in European vernaculars eventually formed another. On the arrival of printing, collections of Aesop's fables were among the earliest books in a variety of languages. Through the means of later collections, and translations or adaptations of them, Aesop's reputation as a fabulist was transmitted throughout the world.
Initially the fables were addressed to adults and covered religious, social and political themes. They were also put to use as ethical guides and from the Renaissance onwards were particularly used for the education of children. Their ethical dimension was reinforced in the adult world through depiction in sculpture, painting and other illustrative means, as well as adaptation to drama and song. In addition, there have been reinterpretations of the meaning of fables and changes in emphasis over time.
Aesop's Fables by Aesop consists of about 600 tales, some well-loved and familiar, others less known but just as entertaining and educative and help us map the perimeters of our moral universe.
Fables have existed almost since the dawn of time. They hark back to a time when humans and animals lived in harmony and mutual respect. We humans could learn a great deal from the uncomplicated justice and the commonsense values of the animal kingdom. Animals are endowed with immutable personal traits like foxes being cunning, donkeys being patient, lions being proud and wolves being cruel.
There is very little biographical information about Aesop. He is reputed to have been born a slave in Samos in ancient Greece in about 600 BC. He earned his liberty through his learning and wit and went on to become a respected diplomat and traveler. Ancient Greek philosophers like Aristotle, historians like Plutarch and Herodotus mention Aesop's fables in their works. Today, these immortal fables have come down to us, as fresh and pristine as they were when they were first told.
Aesop's Fables from ancient Greek story teller of diverse origins. The stories associated with Aesop's name have descended to modern times through a number of sources. They continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic mediums.
Aesop's Fables; a new translation by Aesop
G.K. Chesteron was born in 1874, and educated at St Paul’s School, where, despite his efforts to achieve honourable oblivion at the bottom of his class, he was singled out as a boy with distinct literary promise. He decided to follow art as a career, and studied at the Slade School, where, while ‘attending or not attending to his studies’, he met Ernest Hodder-Williams, who encouraged Chesterton in his writing. At his request he reviewed a number of books for the Bookman and found himself launched on a profession he was to follow all his life.
Probably his most famous stories are those of ‘Father Brown’, but he wrote much about every conceivable subject under or beyond the sun. The best accounts of his life are to be found in his own Autobiography, published soon after his death in 1936, and in Miss Maisie Ward’s Life of him
The Wolf and the Kid
The Tortoise and the Ducks
The Young Crab and His Mother
The Frogs and the Ox
The Dog, the Cock, and the Fox
Belling the Cat
The Eagle and the Jackdaw
The Boy and the Filberts
Hercules and the Wagoner
The Kid and the Wolf
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
The Fox and the Grapes
The Bundle of Sticks
The Wolf and the Crane
The Ass and His Driver
The Oxen and the Wheels
The Lion and the Mouse
The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf
The Gnat and the Bull
The Plane Tree
The Farmer and the Stork
The Sheep and the Pig
The Travelers and the Purse
The Lion and the Ass
The Frogs Who Wished for a King
The Owl and the Grasshopper
A Raven and a Swan
The Two Goats
The Monkey and the Camel…