perrault's fairy tales


Charles Perrault (12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703) 

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), La Belle au bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty), and Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard). (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Illustrations from The Cinderella Fairy Book; containing: Cinderella, or the Glass Slipper, Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood, Drill of the A, B, C, Army. With Twenty-eight Colored Illustrations. Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, 1881.

  • My mom: So, why did the fairy in "Sleeping Beauty" go bad originally?
  • Me: Well, in the fairy tales, it was because she wasn't invited to the christening, which was a public event and therefore a huge snub.
  • Mom: Why wasn't she invited?
  • Me: In the German version, they didn't have enough place settings. In the French version, they hadn't seen her in a while, so they assumed she'd died.
  • You know, after summing it up in those terms, I'm really not surprised she was so pissed.

Can we talk about how this has been a great year for fairy tales?


Les Fées.
Historiettes naïves et enfantines racontées par Charles Perrault.
Lithographies artistiques de la Lorraine
Haguenthal, Éditeur
A Pont-à-Mousson (Meurthe), France.
Source : Bibliothèque-Médiathèque d'Evreux. France.


period drama meme ~ authors (½)

Charles Perrault  (12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703)

A French author, poet and secretary, Perrault impacted on the fairy tale genre in a profound way. Writing Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé (with the subtitle ‘Mother Goose’ -  Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye). In this collection, stories such as ‘Cinderella’ ‘Puss In Boots’ ‘Bluebeard’ ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Beauty And The Beast’. Scholars themselves are mixed about the originality of the tales- whether they are entirely his own or he received inspiration from other sources. He is remembered as a strong figure in the fairy tale genre, as well as the epic poetry.

Fairy Tale Meme:

5 Enchanted Objects - [Bluebeard’s Keys]

“Here,” said he,“ are the keys to the two great wardrobes, wherein I have my best furniture. These are to my silver and gold plate, which is not everyday in use. These open my strongboxes, which hold my money, both gold and silver; these my caskets of jewels. And this is the master key to all my apartments. But as for this little one here, it is the key to the closet at the end of the great hall on the ground floor. Open them all; go into each and every one of them, except that little closet, which I forbid you, and forbid it in such a manner that, if you happen to open it, you may expect my just anger and resentment.”