Charles Perrault Facts

Charles Perrault Facts
Charles Perrault was a French author most well-known for laying the foundation for the fairy tale style of literary genre, creating fairy tales from already existing folk tales. Charles Perrault was born on January 12th, 1628, in Paris, France, to Pierre Perrault and Paquette Le Clerc, a wealthy couple from a bourgeois family. He was educated in well-respected schools and went on to study law. He began to work for the government and helped his brother become a designer of the Louvre's new section. Charles Perrault wrote La Peinture in 1668. In 1695 Charles lost his government position and began to focus on his children. He published his first fairy tale in collection in 1697 and quickly became well-known and credited with creating the modern fairy tale.
Interesting Charles Perrault Facts:
Some of the most famous fairy tales Charles Perrault is known for include Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, and Bluebeard.
Charles Perrault's first job was as a lawyer and tax collector.
Charles Perrault was very well-connected and even knew the king of France.
Charles Perrault did not begin to write fairy tales until he was 70 years old. His first published book was titled Stories or Tales from Times Past, with Morals: Tales of Mother Goose.
The stories had been folk tales that were well known throughout Europe but had not been written down in book form.
Charles Perrault published the first book under the name Pierre, who was his son.
Charles Perrault's stories were much racier than the current versions Disney has created on film.
In Charles Perrault's version of Sleeping Beauty, she works in a brothel to help earn an income.
When Charles Perrault got married in 1672 he was 44. His wife Marie Guichon was only 19 years old. She died in 1678 and Charles removed himself from the public life.
Charles and Marie had three children together.
Charles Perrault wrote Little Red Riding Hood as a warning to young girls about men who would prey on them while they were walking through the forest. His message was that these men could seem very respectable but they were wolves underneath their false persona.
The story Cinderella is considered to be the story that has been filmed the most times since the first film was made in 1899 by a French director named Georges Melies.
The Brothers Grimm stories were inspired greatly by the works of Charles Perrault, 200 years later.
Charles Perrault is considered to be one of France's most famous authors in literature.
Charles Perrault served as the head of the Modern group during the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns - a literary and artistic debate that took place during the late 1600s and early 1700s.
Charles Perrault died five years after he published his first fairy tale. He died in Paris in 1703 at the age of 75.
Some believe that Charles Perrault published under his son's name because he was worried about criticism from the Ancients, due to being a Modern in the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns.


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