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.


Average rating: 4.10 · 38,780 ratings · 1,109 reviews · 232 distinct works · Similar authors
Cinderella
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 6,274 ratings — published 1865 — 129 editions
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Perrault's Fairy Tales
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 6,370 ratings — published 1694 — 60 editions
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Puss in Boots
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 4,170 ratings — published 1901 — 93 editions
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Little Red Riding Hood
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 261 ratings — published 1697 — 60 editions
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Beauty and the Beast
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 175 ratings — published 1984 — 7 editions
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The Tales Of Mother Goose
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 241 ratings — published 1697 — 46 editions
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Sleeping Beauty
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 166 ratings — published 1966 — 41 editions
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Sleeping Beauty and Other C...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 1978 — 5 editions
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La Barbe Bleue
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 1697 — 35 editions
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Cinderella
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 402 ratings11 editions
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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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