Famous Frenchmen

Charles Perrault – modern fairy tale teller

It is to writer Charles Perrault (1628 – 1703) that we owe the modern version of the fairy tale.

Whilst he wrote many books, he is remembered for just one.

Based upon old folk tales, his 1697 book, ‘Histoires ou contes du temps passé, avec des moralités’ (Stories or Tales from Times Past, with Morals), contained eight simple stories, amongst them Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), La Belle au bois dormant (Sleeping Beauty), Cendrillon (Cinderella), and many other stories that coloured our childhood.

In fact, he was almost 70 when he wrote his first fairy tales.

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