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Jean de La Fontaine

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: 12 rue des Cordeliers, depuis rue Jean de La Fontaine, Château-Thierry, Aisne, Picardy, France
Death: April 13, 1695 (73)
Hôtel Hervart, rue de la Plâtrière (actuelle rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau), Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Place of Burial: Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles de La Fontaine and Françoise Pidou
Husband of Marie Héricart
Father of Charles de La Fontaine
Brother of Claude de La Fontaine
Half brother of Anne de Jouy

Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine (IPA: [ʒɑ̃ də la fɔ̃tɛn]; 8 July 1621 – 13 April 1695) was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages.

According to Flaubert, he was the only French poet to understand and master the texture of the French language before Victor Hugo. A set of postage stamps celebrating La Fontaine and the Fables was issued by France in 1995.

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Jean de La Fontaine's Timeline

July 8, 1621
Château-Thierry, Aisne, Picardy, France
July 8, 1621
Château-Thierry, Aisne, Picardy, France
October 1653
Age 32
Château-Thierry, Aisne, Picardy, France
April 13, 1695
Age 73
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France