Charles Perrault was a French author and member of the prestigious Académie Française. Taking his inspiration from folk tales, Perrault created the fairy tale genre, including such enduring tales as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Sleeping Beauty,” which were published in 1697 as part of his Tales of Mother Goose. Amongst the most influential literary figures in 17th century France, Perrault took part in the creation of the Academy of Sciences, the restoration of the Academy of Painting, and was secretary of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres. He also initiated the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns, and led the Modern faction which argued that the literature from the century of Louis XIV was superior to that of the ancients. Perrault’s work served as an inspiration for the Brothers Grimm, and continues to be adapted for the stage, opera, ballet, and film.
The Tales of Mother Gooseby Charles Perrault
Published in 1697, Charles Perrault’s Tales of Mother Goose first appeared as Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités. It is one of the most successful collections of fairy tales in literary history as it was published at a time when reading fairy tales was a common pastime in literary salons. Perrault is considered/em>/em>… See more details below
Published in 1697, Charles Perrault’s Tales of Mother Goose first appeared as Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités. It is one of the most successful collections of fairy tales in literary history as it was published at a time when reading fairy tales was a common pastime in literary salons. Perrault is considered to be the inventor of the fairy tale, and based his works on folktales and stories written by earlier writers, but updated them to reflect literary and social themes popular in 17th-century France. Perrault’s best-known stories include such timeless classics as “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Red Riding Hood,” and “Puss in Boots,” which continue to be updated and adapted for modern audiences, as well as for the stage, ballet, and film.
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