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Holzberg, Niklas (2018): Äsopische geschichten in Meisterlied, Spruchgedicht und comedi. Hans Sachs und die fiktionale Vita des Fabelerzählers. In: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Deutschen Sprache und Literatur, Vol. 140, No. 4: pp. 489-504

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Hans Sachs, who, in upwards of 6000 poetic works, brought literature to the German-speaking urban middle and lower classes, adapted for his largely illiterate audience lengthy portions of Steinhowel's >Esopus<, including the >Life of Aesop<, turning them into Meisterlieder, Spruchgedichte, and a comedi. The >Life< was the source, for one, of selected episodes which he could each rework adeptly for easy listening as individual shorter texts. In the work he wrote for the stage, >Esopus der fabeldichter<, moreover, he used his skill as dramatist to link a few episodes from the >Life< and make of them a coherent plot with scenes not just strung loosely together, but united by an overarching theme.

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