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La Fontaine, Jean de [(zhahnn duh lah-fahn-tayn, lah-fohnn-ten)]

A seventeenth-century French author best known for his Fables, in which he pokes gentle fun at the human condition in tales about the tribulations of various animal characters.

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La Fontaine, Jean de

poet whose Fables rank among the greatest masterpieces of French literature.

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