Jean de La Fontaine (c. July 8, 1621 - April 13, 1695), French poet, was born at Château-Thierry in Champagne.
His Fables are masterworks of French literature. His fables of animals and everyday life took their inspiration from Aesop and Horace.
In 1683 he became a member of the Académie française.
He died in Paris, and is interred in the Père Lachaise cemetery.
Poet and the King: Jean De La Fontaine and His Century by Marc Fumaroli, Jean Marie Todd (Transl.) Pub. U. of Notre Dame; ISBN 0268038775; (May 2002)
Fifty Fables of La Fontaine by Jean De La Fontaine, Pub. U. of Ill.; ISBN 0252066499; (September 1997)
Project Gutenberg e-texts of works by Jean de La Fontaine