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Charles Perrault

French author

1628   -   1703

genre: fairy tale
country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: French
educated at: Lycée Saint-Louis, Collège de Beauvais, Old University of Orléans
occupation: writer, poet, poet lawyer, collector of fairy tales, critic, children's writer, art theorist
position held: seat 23 of the Académie française, Secrétaire perpétuel de l'Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres

Charles Perrault ( perr-OH, also US: pə-ROH, French: [ʃaʁl pɛʁo]; 12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703) was a French author and member of the Académie Française. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from earlier folk tales, published in his 1697 book Histoires ou contes du temps passé. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon Rouge ("Little Red Riding Hood"), Cendrillon ("Cinderella"), Le Maître chat ou le Chat botté ("Puss in Boots"), La Belle au bois dormant ("Sleeping Beauty"), and Barbe Bleue ("Bluebeard").Some of Perrault's versions of old stories influenced the German versions published by the Brothers Grimm more than 100 years later. The stories continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet, theatre, and film. Perrault was an influential figure in the 17th-century French literary scene, and was the leader of the Modern faction during the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns.
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The Tales of my Mother Goose

collection of fairy tales

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Contes (French Edition)

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French folktale

author: Charles Perrault



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Diamonds and Toads

Fairy tale by Charles Perrault

author: Charles Perrault

The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood

fairytale by Charles Perrault

author: Charles Perrault


Contes de Perrault

author: Charles Perrault


author: Charles Perrault

Puss in Boots

fairy tale

author: Charles Perrault


Contes de ma mère l'Oie

author: Charles Perrault

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