Day 17: Going French

So we leave the Grimm Brothers behind (for a moment! We’ll be back there shortly) and head to France, where, a hundred plus before the Grimms, Charles Perrault was writing his fairy tales.

Charles Perrault (1628-1703) was a member of the Academie Francais, and laid the foundation for the genre of “fairy tales”, as we know them. The Grimm Brothers took inspiration from him, as we’ve seen, when compiling and writing their own tales. The Grimm Brothers also re-wrote some of his tales in their own fashion, namely his most famous tale: Cinderella.

Perrault published Tales and Stories of the Past With Morals in 1697, but known by the more famous name Mother Goose. The publication of this introduced the genre of fairy tale, and expanded his fame well beyond his literary circle in France.

Tomorrow we’ll start discussing his tales, especially Cinderella, but here’s a list of his best-known stories:

  • Cinderella (first published by Perrault)
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Puss in Boots
  • Bluebeard
  • Sleeping Beauty (La belle du bois dormant)–an original tale by Perrault

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