Charles Perrault was a French author and poet. He is best known for writing the Mother Goose Fairytales. He created fairy tales from already existing folk tales. He played a prominent role in a literary controversy known as the dispute between the Ancients and Moderns and also served as the head of the Modern group.
Charles was born in a wealthy Parisian family in 1628. He began his career as a lawyer in charge of royal buildings. He did not start writing fairy tales until he was 70 years old. His first fairy tale collection got published in 1697. He published this book under his son Pierre’s name.
Quick Facts: –
- Charles Perrault most famous works are Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, and Bluebeard.
- These stories were well known throughout Europe but just by word-of-mouth before getting published.
- His fairy tales were moral lessons, not just fun stories.
- The original stories written by Perrault were racier than the watered-down Disney versions.
- Charles Perrault was a well-connected man and even knew the King of France.
- In 1672, he got married at the age of 44 years. His wife Marie Guichon was just 19 years old at that time.
- Charles had three children with Marie. She died just after giving birth to their third child.
- Perrault’s story Cinderella is the most filmed story of all time. The first film was made in 1899 by a French director named George Melies.
- Charles Perrault died on May 16, 1703, in Paris, France.
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