Born in 1628, Parisian Charles Perrault was aptly credited as being the of a then-new literary genre: the fairy tale. Often drawing from his own surroundings (the Chateau Uss was the model for Sleeping Beauty, while the Marquis of the Chateau d'Oiron inspired the delightful Puss-in-Boots), Perrault originally penned the tales as moral stories for his own three children. Often retold, imitated, softened and animated, Perraults much grittier original fairy tales are certain to awaken the listener to a study of courage, betrayal, redemption and love&hell, in short, all the complexities of the human story.
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Here are the original eight stories from the 1697 volume Contes Du Temps Passe by the great Charles Perrault (1628-1703) in a translation that retains the charming and unsentimental simplicity that has won Perrault a permanent position in French literature.About the Author :
French illustrator Gustave Doré (1833–83) began his prolific career at the age of 15, and his dramatic engravings have exercised an incalculable influence over latter-day artists. The remarkable scope of his work ranges from Milton, Dante, and the Bible to Rabelais, Shakespeare, and street scenes of 19th-century London.
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