14 Famous Authors of Fables and their Works

Anthony Golden
14 Famous Authors of Fables and their Works

Some of the most prominent fable authors Throughout history they have been Aesop, Jean de la Fontaine or Tomás de Iriarte. The fable is a short fictional story, which can be represented in prose or verse, and is characterized by having characters characterized by animals or humanized objects.

The main objective of the fable is to leave a moral or moralizing message in the outcome of the plot, didactic and widely reflective..

Here is a list of famous authors who have stood out in the genre of the fable. You may also be interested in these fables with their morals.


Diego Velázquez / Public domain

Ancient Greek fabulist, known for creating a large number of fables of an educational nature, generally starring animals.

In their stories, a dilemma solved according to the criteria of the characters is usually presented, and at the end of the story, the results (positive or negative) are appreciated, depending on the decision made by the participants.

Aesop is credited with the authorship of renowned fables such as: the tortoise and the hare, the fox and the storks, the scorpion and the frog, among others..

Gaius Julius Phaedrus

Roman fable writer, author of 101 highly moralizing and educational fables.

Phaedrus was a slave originally from ancient Macedonia, and according to his own testimony, he resorted to the invention of fables to disguise the expression of the ideas of the slaves in front of their masters, and thus avoid violent reactions from them.

Jean de la Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine; translator: Elizur Wright / Public domain

French writer of the mid-17th century. At first he worked as a forest inspector, but at 38 years of age he decided to devote himself to literature.

His main works include: the priest and the dead, the miller, and the crow and the fox..

Thomas of Iriarte

Spanish writer who lived in the late 18th century. He reached the literary peak with the publication of his work Literary Fables in 1782, where publications such as the fables of the flutist donkey, the horse and the squirrel, the monkey, and the two rabbits stand out..

José Núñez de Cáceres

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Renowned Dominican politician and writer born in the Dominican Republic at the end of the 18th century.

His work consists of twelve fables, among which are: the wolf and the fox, the rabbit and the bee and the bee. He signed his works with the pseudonym "The beginning fabulist".

The Brothers Grimm

Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm were two German brothers born at the end of the 18th century, famous for their collection of 210 stories, made up of fairy tales, fables, rustic farces and religious allegories..

His stories include: Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hänsel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, among others.

Rafael pigeon

J. I. Gutierrez / Public domain

He was born in Bogotá in the mid-nineteenth century and served as a diplomat and writer simultaneously.

Among his most outstanding fables are the story of the Walking Tadpole, Doña Pánfaga, The Boy and the Butterfly, and Little Shepherd, all published in his work Painted Tales and Moral Tales for Formal Children (1954).

Augusto Monterroso

Honduran writer who died in 2003, widely known for his foray into short stories, as well as writing essays and novels.

One of his most famous works was The Black Sheep and Other Fables (1969), where an impeccable storytelling style is appreciated.

Jairo Anibal Child

Colombian writer, poet and playwright who died in 2010. He stood out mainly in the field of children's and youth literature..

He has more than 40 works to his credit, and occasionally he signed his texts with the pseudonym of Amadeo Zoro.

David Sánchez Juliao

Fun David Sanchez Juliao / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Colombian writer who died in 2011. His professional life was predominantly developed as a teacher.

Later, he devoted himself to writing, and published novels, short stories, fables, children's stories, and written and recorded testimonies in his own voice. His most outstanding work is "But I'm still the king".

Rafael Garcia Goyena

Francisco Cabrera / Public domain

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1766, he practiced as a lawyer in addition to being a writer. He lived through a turbulent time in terms of politics, so his work used to be a constant criticism of the Spanish reign.

In fact, its most demanding form was through the fable where, in an ingenious way, it reflected its disagreement with the Cortes and made a claim to the revolts.

Some of the best known are The animals congregated in Cortes, The spider and the mosquito or The Peacock, the Guardian and the Parrot.

Damaso Antonio Larrañaga

Alfredo Godel / Public domain

He was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 1771, being a notable writer who also served as a naturalist and priest. Son of Spanish and Creole, he was able to study and train in letters, which helped him to be one of the brightest pens of the time.

A time, precisely, in which he had to live the independence revolutions, which greatly marked his style and themes to be dealt with in his writings..

One of his masterpieces was American fables, where he resorted to this type of stories to talk about the customs and changes of his country.

Juan Nepomuceno Troncoso

See page for author / Public domain

A versatile man, Nepomuceno was born in Veracruz, Mexico in 1779, practicing as a politician, lawyer, journalist or priest. He lived through the period of Mexican independence, which he reflected in some works that were destroyed.

He was also a notable writer of fables, highlighting above all two works: Fables (1819) and Political Fable: Animals in Courts (1820).

José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi

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Mexican writer and also journalist who lived during the period of independence from Mexico. It was known as The Mexican thinker, nickname he got after founding a newspaper with the same name.

Although his most notable work is the novel The Sarniento periquilloHe was also a prominent author of fables such as The bee and the droneThe Dove, the Raven and the HunterThe Palace of Cards or The Coyote and his son.


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