Aesop is said to have lived in the sixth century B.C., a slave on the Greek island of Samos. The eternally entertaining tales attributed to him–in which the fates of sly foxes, wicked wolves, industrious ants, and others, suggest what our own behaviors should (or should not) be–have been universal "best-sellers" since before L'Estrange's definitive 1692 English translation. Gooden's superb engravings were first published in 1936 in a limited edition.
Charles Santore has received numerous awards for artistic excellence, both for his past achievements in the magazine and advertising fields, and more recently for his illustrations for Aesop's Fables and the Wizard of Oz, which have also been published by Jellybean Press.
In 1992, he was honored for his work in book illustration with a major exhibition at Brandywine River Museum. He lives and works in Philadelphia.