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Charles Perrault

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(1628 - 1703)

Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault (January 12, 1628 – May 16, 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 pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots) and La Barbe bleue (Bluebeard). Many of Perrault’s stories, which were rewritten by the Brothers Grimm, continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (such as Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty), theatre, and film (Disney). 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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Aunt Louisa’s London Toy Books: Diamonds and Toads (1871)

A fairy tale with color illustrations. Read online at UofF. Or read online at archive.org. It is the first story in this compilation.

Author(s): Charles Perrault
Illustrator(s): Kate Greenaway

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 15 (1958)

A compendium of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new illustrations.

Author(s): James Baldwin
Rudyard Kipling
Charles Perrault
Et al
Illustrator(s): Barbara Cooney
Don Freeman
Fritz Kredel
Henry C. Pitz
Et al

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 30 (1960)

A compendium of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new illustrations.

Author(s): Laura Bannon
Rose Fyleman
Charles Kingsley
Charles Perrault
Et al
Illustrator(s): Adrienne Adams
Paul Galdone
Robin Jacques
Peter Spier
Et al

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Best in Children’s Books Volume 8 (1958)

A compendium of stories, poems and articles, many with new illustrations.

Author(s): Thornton W. Burgess
Charles Perrault
Jonathan Swift
Et al
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham
Miska Petersham
Edward Shenton
Leonard Weisgard
Et al

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Cinderella (1978)

The kitchen maid attends the palace ball with the help of her fairy godmother.

Author(s): Charles Perrault
Illustrator(s): Hilary Knight

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Cinderella (1985)

A girl, a grate, a godmother, and a glass slipper combine to lead to happiness.

Author(s): Amy Ehrlich
Charles Perrault
Illustrator(s): Susan Jeffers

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Cinderella and Other Tales from Perrault (1989)

A selection of eight classic French fairy tales.

Author(s): Charles Perrault
Illustrator(s): Michael Hague

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Fairy Tales (1985)

Seven favorite fairy tales by different authors and artists.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Charles Perrault
Et al
Illustrator(s): Richard Scarry
Gustaf Tenggren
Et al

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Histories, or Tales of Past Times (1729)

This is the first English translation of Charles Perrault's collection of fairy tales, containing:

  • The Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Fairy (Diamonds and Toads)
  • The Blue Beard
  • The Sleeping Beauty (in the Wood)
  • The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots
  • Cinderilla, or the Little Glass Slipper
  • Riquet à la Houppe (Riquet of the Tuft)
  • Little Poucet and his Brothers (Hop o' My Thumb)

as well as an adult 'novel' - The Discreet Princess, or the Adventures of Finetta - by Perrault's relative Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier de Villandon.

It is interesting that Cinderilla or Cinderella was initially called Cinderbreech by the servants, since she sat in the ashes by the fire. But her younger step-sister altered it to the more civil Cinderilla.

Only a single copy of this first edition is known to exist.

This edition contains the morals, which are often left out, particularly in modern editions.

Author(s): Charles Perrault
Illustrator(s): Anonymous

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Tales of Passed Times (1900)

In addition to the famous eight tales of Perrault, including their morals, this edition includes Beauty and the Beast and two tales by Madame d'Aulnoy. Read online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Marie-Catherine D’Aulnoy
Charles Perrault
Illustrator(s): Charles Robinson

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Tales of Passed Times (1922)

Eight famous fairy tales first published in French in 1697. They include Little Red Riding Hood, Blue Beard, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. This edition does not include the morals. Read online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Charles Perrault
Illustrator(s): John Austen

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