Ivan Krylov  

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Ivan Andreyevich Krylov (Template:Lang-ru) (February 13, 1769 - November 21, 1844) is Russia's best known fabulist. While many of his earlier fables were loosely based on Aesop and Jean de La Fontaine, later fables were original work.

La Fontaine

Krylov is sometimes referred to as 'the Russian La Fontaine' because, though he was not the first of the Russian fabulists, he became the foremost and is the one whose reputation has lasted. His first three fables, published in a Russian magazine in 1806, were imitations of La Fontaine; the majority of those in his 1809 collection were likewise adaptations of La Fontaine. Thereafter he was occasionally indebted to La Fontaine for themes, although his treatment of the story was independent. One might cite Krylov's pithy "Man and his shadow" with the more lengthy "The man who ran after fortune and the man who waited for her in his bed" of La Fontaine (VII.12), or the satiric "The Peasant and the Snake" with The Countryman and the Snake (VI.13).

It has been observed that in general Krylov tends to add more detail in contrast with La Fontaine's leaner versions, and that where La Fontaine is an urbane moralist Krylov is satiric. The following are the fables that are based, with more or less fidelity, on those of La Fontaine:




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