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One of their great writers, Jean de La Fontaine, produced French versions of fables, in verse and with illustrations. There are twelve volumes, with stories such as The Ant and the Grasshopper, told with elegance, wit and verve, in simple French which is usually easy to understand today. Each teaches a lesson about our relationships with society.

This adaptation of the famous Gothic novel by Matthew G. Lewis, ‘The Monk, a romance’ published in 1796,  tells the tragic story of Brother Ambrosio in Catholic Spain in the seventeenth century.

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