Charles Perrault





Charles Perrault

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born
in Paris, France
January 12, 1628

died
May 16, 1703


About this author

Charles Perrault was a French author who laid foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, and whose best known tales, offered as if they were pre-existing folk tales, include: Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, Bluebeard, Hop o' My Thumb), Diamonds and Toads, Patient Griselda, The Ridiculous Wishes...

Perrault's most famous stories are still in print today and have been made into operas, ballets (e.g., Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty), plays, musicals, and films, both live-action and animation.

The Brothers Grimm retold their own versions of some of Perrault's fairy tales.


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Cinderella
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 6,877 ratings — published 1865 — 8 editions
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Perrault's Fairy Tales
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 6,852 ratings — published 1694 — 185 editions
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Puss in Boots
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 4,802 ratings — published 1901 — 98 editions
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Little Red Riding Hood
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 330 ratings — published 1697 — 11 editions
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The Tales Of Mother Goose
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 313 ratings — published 1697 — 2 editions
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Beauty and the Beast
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 208 ratings — published 1984 — 7 editions
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Sleeping Beauty
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 238 ratings — published 1697 — 43 editions
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Sleeping Beauty and Other C...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 118 ratings — published 1978 — 5 editions
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La Barbe Bleue
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 194 ratings — published 1697 — 35 editions
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Contos de Fadas
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More books by Charles Perrault…
“For you know that I myself am a labyrinth, where one easily gets lost.”
Charles Perrault

“To wait so long/And want a man refined and strong/Is not at all uncommon. And yet to wait one hundred years/Without a tear, without a care/Makes for a very rare woman. So here our tale appears to show/How marriage deferred/Brings joy unheard/Nothing lost after a century or so. But others love with more ardor/And wed quickly out of passion/Whatever they do/I won’t deplore/Nor shall I preach a lesson.”
Charles Perrault, Sleeping Beauty and Other Classic Fairy Tales

“FIRST MORAL

Good manners are not easy
They need a little care,
But when we least expect it
Bring rewards both rich and rare.


SECOND MORAL

Brute force or bribes of diamonds
Bend others to your will,
But gentle words have greater power
And gain more conquests still.”
Charles Perrault, Perrault's Fairy Tales

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