La Fontaine's Fables: About the Author



La Fontaine (1621~1695) was a French fable poet. Born in Chateautieri in Champagne, France, his father was a small official in the Lake Forest Management Office. When he was young, he often went for a walk in the woods with his father, and he had a great love for nature since he was a child. He discovered Malebe's lyric poems in his grandfather's extensive library, and he became interested in poetry ever since.



In 1641, La Fontaine went to Paris to study theology, and then changed to law. In 1647, his father took the initiative to marry Mary Elicat, who was only 14 years old, and succeeded his father in 1652. But he was not good at management, and finally settled in Paris with his family in 1657.

La Fontaine's Fables: About the Author



La Fontaine spent the rest of his life under the protection of dignitaries. He first turned to Fouquet, the financial director, and wrote a few poems every quarter in exchange for an annuity. In 1661, Fouquet was arrested and imprisoned, La Fontaine was in trouble, and his wife returned to her hometown. He successively took refuge in the Duchess of Orleans (1664~1672), Mrs. de la Sabriel (1673~1693), and the banker's daughter Anna Delvay (1693~1695), and died in 1695.



La Fontaine is a late blooming poet. His main poems include "Fable Poem" (1668~1694), "Story Poem" (1664~1685) and the rhyme novel "The Love of Pushuhe and Kubid" (1669). La Fontaine was elected a member of the Académie de France in 1684, but he repented two years before his death, publicly disavowing his work.

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