A Bestiary, 1955

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A traditional bestiary contains descriptions of animals, real and imaginary, along with moralizing allegorical interpretations of their traits and habits. For this modern-day bestiary, Alexander Calder contributed dozens of whimsical line drawings of animals and famous authors as a visual counterpoint to Richard Wilbur’s eclectic selection of excerpts from classic works of literature. Moral lessons are mostly absent.

A Bestiary
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Ruth and Bruce Dayton, Wayzata, MInn.; given to MIA, 1991.
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