The art of a really good storyteller is to capture the imagination of the reader or listener from the very first sentence. Then go on expanding their imagination into the realms of fantasy so everyone pictures the story differently in their own minds. Many great story tellers have written fables, and legendary names such as Aesop, Rudyard Kipling, Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian, John Gay, and Ambrose Bierce have all spun a good yarn that has captivated their audiences. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest fables and story tellers ever.
The most famous author of fables has to be Aesop, they are among the first recorded and relay tales that are moralistic, teach, and inspire. Most of the fables that Aesop wrote are short, so you can easily pick up a book of them and devour the contents. Aesop was extremely clever as rarely did humans appear in his scripts, he would instead use animals to relay his message. Obviously, these animals represented people, but by using them he had a free license to explore the characters.
Jean de La Fontaine
Unlike Aesop, Jean de La Fontaine was a poet, and he understood the French language so well that his descriptive writing was suitable for writing fables as well. His work relied heavily on Boccaccio and Aesop for inspiration, but his real skill was the development of his characters that brought them to life and made them almost real.
The Jungle Book is perhaps the best known work from Rudyard Kipling, and it is one of the best fables that has ever been written. The animals in the book all have strong human characteristics, and the narrative is packed full of morals and engaging episodes. The story is a reflection of Kipling’s time in India when he was a child. And the animals in the book were the ones he studied as a young boy. Kipling was to return back to India later in his lifetime to renew his love of the vast country that gave him so much inspiration. Rudyard Kipling also received a Nobel Prize for literature, and at forty-two he was the youngest ever Nobel Laurete.
Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
Florian is an important literary figure as he was a playwright, poet, translator and of course a highly talented writer of fables. His work is highly regarded as there is so little of it to enjoy. That is because he died very early in life and his amazing literary work was cut short. However, he did leave us with a hundred fables, that are still enjoyed the world over. We continue in the world of famous fables and the people who wrote them in part two of the greatest fables of all time. We will be looking at the works of Joel Chandler Harris, the Panchatantra stories, and the Fables of Bidpai. And we will see that this form of storytelling is liked all over the world and holds great significance.