The Fox and the Crow
and other fables of Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 57
D. L. Ashliman
- The Fox and the Crow (Aesop, translated by V. S.
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A crow was sitting on a branch of a tree with a piece of cheese in her
beak when a fox observed her and set his wits to work to discover some way
of getting the cheese. Coming and standing under the tree he looked up
and said, "What a noble bird I see above me! Her beauty is without equal,
the hue of her plumage exquisite. If only her voice is as sweet as her
looks are fair, she ought without doubt to be queen of the birds." The
crow was hugely flattered by this, and just to show the fox that she could
sing she gave a loud caw. Down came the cheese, of course, and the fox,
snatching it up, said, "You have a voice, madam, I see. What you want is
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- Aesop. The
Raven and the Fox. In The
Fables of Aesop: As First Printed by William Caxton in 1484. Edited by
Joseph Jacobs. Vol 2: Text and Glossary, p. 21. London: David Nutt, 1889.
- Aesop. The
Fox and the Crow. In Fables
of Æsop and Others. Translated into English with Instructive
Applications by Samuel Croxall. No. 9, pp. 38-39. Philadelphia: Thomas
Cowperthwait and Co., 1850.
- Aesop. The Fox and the Crow. In Æsop:
Retold by Joseph Jacobs, no. 8. Harvard Classics, vol. 17, part 1. New
York: P. F. Collier and Son, 190914.
- Aesop. The
Fox and the Crow. In Aesop's
Fables. Translated by V. S. Vernon Jones. Introduction and Notes by
D. L. Ashliman. No. 9, p. 21. New York: Barnes and Noble, 2003.
- Jātaka. Jambu-Khādaka-Jātaka.
In The Jātaka; or, Stories
of the Buddha's Former Births. Edited by E. B. Cowell. Vol. 2
translated by W. H. D. Rouse. No. 294, pp. 299-300. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, .
- Jātaka. Anta-Jātaka. In The
Jātaka; or, Stories of the Buddha's Former Births. Edited by E.
B. Cowell. Vol. 2 translated by W. H. D. Rouse. No. 295, pp. 300-301.
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- La Fontaine, Jean de. Le
Corbeau et le Renard. In Fables
de La Fontaine. Book 1, fable 2, pp. 39-40. Tours: Alfred Mame et
- La Fontaine, Jean de. The
Crow and the Fox. In
The Fables of La Fontaine. Translated from the French [mainly by
Robert Thomson]. Book 1, fable 2, p. 18. London: J. C. Nimmo and Bain,
- Fansler, Dean Spruill. Auac
and Lamiran. In
Filipino Popular Tales, no. 64, pp. 395-97. Lancaster, PA. and New
York: American Folk-Lore Society, 1921.
- Wilhelm, Richard. The
Fox and the Raven. In The
Chinese Fairy Book. Translated from the German by Frederick H.
Martens. No. 13, pp. 29-30. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1921.
Revised April 27, 2011.