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Jean de La Fontaine

French poet, fabulist and writer

1621   -   1695

genre: fable, tale
country of citizenship: France
native language: French
occupation: fabulist, poet, lawyer, children's writer

Jean de La Fontaine (IPA: [ʒɑ̃ də la fɔ̃tɛn]; 8 September 1621 – 13 April 1695) was a French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages. After a long period of royal suspicion, he was admitted to the French Academy and his reputation in France has never faded since. Evidence of this is found in the many pictures and statues of the writer, as well as later depictions on medals, coins and postage stamps.
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