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Aesop's Fables (Signet Classics)


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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“Kindness is seldom wasted.”

—from “The Lion and the Mouse”

It is both amazing and wonderful that so much of the richness of our language and our moral education still owes a huge debt to a Greek slave who was executed more than two thousand years ago. Yet “sour grapes,” “crying ‘wolf,” “actions speak louder than words,” “honesty is the best policy,” and literally hundreds of other metaphors, axioms, and ideas that are now woven into the very fabric of Western culture all came from Aesops Fables. An extraordinary storyteller who used cunning foxes, surly dogs, clever mice, fearsome lions, and foolish humans to describe the reality of a harsh world, Aesop created narratives that are appealing, funny, politically astute, and profoundly true. And Aesops truth—often summed up in the pithy “moral of the story”—retains an awesome power to affect us, reaching us through both our intellects and our hearts.
This exclusive Signet Classic edition contains 203 of Aesops most enduring and popular fables, translated into readable, modern American English and beautifully illustrated with classic woodcuts by the great French artist J. J. Grandville.


“The Fox and the Grapes”

“The Ants and the Grasshopper”

“The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse”

Edited and with an Afterword by Jack Zipes
With an Introduction by Sam Pickering


Beautifully illustrated with 50 classic woodcuts by the French artist J.J. Grandville, this collection of 203 of Aesop's most enduring and popular fables features a new Introduction and Afterword. Reissue.


203 of Aesop's most enduring and popular fables, translated into readable, modern American English and beautifully illustrated with 50 classic woodcuts by the great French artist J.J. Grandville.

About the Author

Aesop probably lived in the middle part of the sixth century BC. A statement in Herodotus gives ground for thinking that he was a slave belonging to a citizen of Samos called Iadmon. Legend says that he was ugly and misshapen. There are many references to Aesop found in the Athenian writers: Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle and others. It is not known whether he wrote down his Fables himself, nor indeed how many of them are correctly attributed to his invention.

Table of Contents

Aesop's Fables A Note on the Text and Illustrations


I. The Fox and the Grapes

II. The Wolf and the Crane

III. The Archer and the Lion

IV. The Woman and the Fat Hen

V. The Kid and the Wolf

VI. The Hawk and the Pigeons

VII. The Eagle and the Fox

VIII. The Boy and the Scorpion

IX. The Fox and the Goat

X. The Old Hound

XI. The Ants and the Grasshopper

XII. The Fawn and Her Mother

XIII. The Horse and the Groom

XIV. The Mountain in Labor

XV. The Flies and the Honey Jar

XVI. The Two Bags

XVII. The Vain Crow

XVIII. The Wolf and the Lamb

XIX. The Bear and the Fox

XX. The Dog, the Cock and the Fox

XXI. The Cock and the Jewel

XXII. The Sea Gull and the Hawk

XXIII. The Fox and the Lion

XXIV. The Creaking Wheels

XXV. The Frog and the Ox

XXVI. The Farmer and the Snake

XXVII. The Lion and the Fox

XXVIII. The Fisherman and His Music

XXIX. The Domesticated Dog and the Wolf

XXX. The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse

XXXI. The Dog and the Shadow

XXXII. The Moon and Her Mother

XXXIII. The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle

XXXIV. The Man and the Satyr

XXXV. The Tortoise and the Eagle

XXXVI. The Mule

XXXVII. The Hen and the Cat

XXXVIII. The Old Woman and the Wine Bottle

XXXIX. The Hare and the Tortoise

XL. The Ass and the Grasshopper

XLI. The Lamb and the Camel

XLII. The Crab and Its Mother

XLIII. Jupiter and the Camel

XLIV. The Mouse and the Frog

XLV. The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

XLVI. The Peach, the Apple, and the Blackberry

XLVII. The Hare and the Hound

XLVIII. The Stag in the Ox Stall

XLIX. The Crow and the Pitcher

L. The Lion and the Mouse

LI. The One-Eyed Doe

LII. The Trees and the Ax

LIII. The Lion, the Ass, and the Fox Who Went Hunting

LIV. The Travelers and the Bear

LV. The Belly and the Members

LVI. The Dolphins and the Sprat

LVII. The Blind Man and the Whelp

LVIII. The Sick Stag

LIX. Hercules and the Wagoner

LX. The Fox and the Woodcutter

LXI. The Monkey and the Camel

LXII. The Dove and the Crow

LXIII. The Ass and the Lap Dog

LXIV. The Hares and the Frogs

LXV. The Fisherman and the Little Fish

LXVI. The Wind and the Sun

LXVII. The Farmer and the Stork

LXVIII. The Lioness

LXIX. The Brash Candlelight

LXX. The Old Woman and the Physician

LXXI. The Charcoal-Burner and the Cloth-Fuller

LXXII. The Wolf and the Sheep

LXXIII. The Farmer and His Sons

LXXIV. The Wolves and the Sheep

LXXV. The Mole and Her Mother

LXXVI. The Swallow and the Crow

LXXVII. The Man Bitten by a Dog

LXXVIII. The Man and the Lion

LXXIX. The Monkey and the Dolphin

LXXXI. The Viper and the File

LXXXII. The Bundle of Sticks

LXXXIII. Jupiter, Neptune, Minerva, and Momus

LXXXIV. The Lion in Love

LXXXV. The Nurse and the Wolf

LXXXVI. The Birdcatcher and the Lark

LXXXVII. Jupiter and the Bee

LXXXVIII. The Travelers and the Plane Tree

LXXXIX. The Fox Without a Tail

XC. The Horse and the Stag

XCI. The Mischievous Dog

XCII. The Geese and the Cranes

XCIII. The Quack Frog

XCIV. Mercury and the Woodcutter

XCV. The Oxen and the Butchers

XCVI. The Goatherd and the Goats

XCVII. The Widow and the Sheep

XCVIII. The Marriage of the Sun

XCIX. The Theif and His Mother

C. The Gnat and the Bull

CI. The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox

CII. The Oak and the Reed

CIII. The Dog in the Manger

CIV. The Goose with the Golden Eggs

CV. The Lion and the Dolphin

CVI. The Comedian and the Farmer

CVII. The Dog Invited to Supper

CVIII. The Ass Loaded with Salt

CIX. The Theif and the Dog

CX. The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner

CXI. The Hunter and the Fisherman

CXII. The Fir Tree and the Bramble

CXIII. The Eagle and the Arrow

CXIV. The Two Pets

CXV. The Fisherman and Troubled Water

CXVI. The Lark and Her Young Ones

CXVII. The Arab and the Camel

CXVIII. The Travelers and the Hatchet

CXIX. The Doctor and His Patient

CXX. The Maid and the Pail of Milk

CXXI. The Ass, the Fox, and the Lion

CXXII. The Ass and His Driver

CXXIII. The Travelers and the Hatchet

CXXIV. The Hedge and the Vineyard

CXXV. The Frogs Who Desired a King

CXXVI. The Lion and the Goat

CXXVII. The Mice in Council

CXXVIII. The Fox and the Mask

CXXIX. The Thirsty Pigeon

CXXX. The Farmer and the Cranes

CXXXI. The Falconer and the Partridge

CXXXII. The Cat and the Mice

CXXXIII. The Father and His Two Daughters

CXXXIV. The Heifer and the Ox

CXXXV. The Fox and the Hedgehog

CXXXVI. The Lion and the Ass

CXXXVII. The Bald Knight

CXXXVIII. The Ass and His Masters

CXXXIX. The Farmer and the Sea

CXL. The Hart and the Vine

CXLI. The Pig and the Sheep

CXLII. The Bull and the Goat

CXLIII. The Old Man and Death

CXLIV. The Dog and the Hare

CXLV. The Boy and the Hazel Nuts

CXLVI. The Wolf and the Shepherd

CXLVII. The Jackass and the Statue

CXLVIII. The Blacksmith and His Dog

CXLIX. The Herdsman and the Lost Calf

CL. The Lion and the Other Beasts Who Went Out Hunting

CLI. The Bees, the Drones, and the Wasp

CLII. The Kid and the Piping Ass

CLIII. The Stallion and the Ass

CLIV. The Mice and the Weasels

CLV. The Stubborn Goat and the Goatherd

CLVI. The Boys and the Frogs

CLVII. The Mouse and the Weasel

CLVIII. The Farmer and the Lion

CLIX. The Horse and the Loaded Ass

CLX. The Wolf and the Lion

CLXI. The Farmer and the Dogs

CLXII. The Eagle and the Crow

CLXIII. The Lion and His Three Councillors

CLXIV. The Great and Little Fish

CLXV. The Ass, the Cock, and the Lion

CLXVI. The Wolf and the Goat

CLXVII. The Fox and the Stork

CLXVIII. The Leopard and the Fox

CLXIX. The Vine and the Goat

CLXX. The Sick Lion

CLXXI. The Rivers and the Sea

CLXXII. The Blackamoor

CLXXIII. The Boy and the Nettle

CLXXIV. The Seaside Travelers

CLXXV. The Boy Who Went Swimming

CLXXVI. The Sick Hawk

CLXXVII. The Monkey and the Fisherman

CLXXVIII. Venus and the Cat

CLXXIX. The Three Tradesmen

CLXXX. The Ass's Shadow

CLXXXI. The Eagle and the Beetle

CLXXXII. The Lion and the Three Bulls

CLXXXIII. The Old Woman and Her Maids

CLXXXIV. The Dogs and the Hides

CLXXXV. The Dove and the Ant

CLXXXVI. The Old Lion

CLXXXVII. The Wolf and the Shepherds

CLXXXVIII. The Ass in the Lion's Skin

CLXXXIX. The Swallow in Chancery

CXC. The Raven and the Swan

CXCI. The Wild Boar and the Fox

CXCII. The Stag at the Pool

CXCIII. The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

CXCIV. The Boasting Traveler

CXCV. The Man and his Two Wives

CXCVI. The Shepherd and the Sea

CXCVII. The Miser

CXCVIII. Mercury and the Sculptor

CXCIX. The Miller, His Son, and Their Ass

CC. The Wolf and the Horse

CCI. The Astronomer

CCII. The Hunter and the Woodcutter

CCIII. The Fox and the Crow


Selected Bibliography


Product Details

Zipes, Jack
Pickering, Samuel F.
Introduction by:
Pickering, Samuel F.
Pickering, Samuel F.
Zipes, Jack
Pickering, Sam
Zipes, Jack
Signet Classics
Folklore & Mythology
General Fiction
Fables, Greek
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Signet Classics
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
6.88x4.26x.82 in. .33 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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