Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault was French writer born in 1628 whose work laid the foundation for the genre of "fairy tale." At the age of 69 he published Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé (Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals), with the subtitle: Tales of Mother Goose (Les Contes de ma Mère l'Oye). Its publication made a name for him and marked the beginning of a new literary genre, the fairy tale. His famous tales include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), La Belle au bois dormant (Sleeping Beauty), Le Chat botté (Puss-in-Boots), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard), Le Petit Poucet (Hop o' My Thumb), Les Fées (Diamonds and Toads), and Ricquet à la houppe (Ricky of the Tuft).

  • Nationality: French
  • Birth Date: 12 Jan 1628
  • Death Date: 16 May 1703
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“Blue Beard”
A frightening fairy tale about a cruel man named Blue Beard who won over his wives with his riches and murdered them if they disobeyed his orders.
“Jack and the Bean-Stalk”
An adventurous fairy tale about a boy Jack and his encounter with giants.