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Death of Sir Roger l’Estrange

Posted in Anniversary, Literature on Tuesday, 30 November 2010

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Aesop, the Greek storyteller who died with a fable on his lips. Illustration by James E. McConnell

11 December marks the anniversary of the death of Sir Roger l’Estrange, a journalist, pamphleteer and author, in 1704. Born in 1616, l’Estrange was a strong defender of royalist claims and political controversy followed his every move.

He was also a translator of classical Greek and Latin texts and is famous for his translations of Aesop, published as Fables of Aesop and other eminent mythologists with morals and reflexions (1692) and its follow-up, Fables and Storyes Moralized (1699). Selections of his translations were still in print in the 20th century.

More pictures relating to Aesop and his fables can be found here. Many more illustrations featuring fairy tales and fables can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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