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“Beloved Writer” – Charles Perrault.

Charles Perrault was a 17th-century French author and member of the Académie Française, best known for his fairy tales. Born in Paris in 1628, Perrault began his career as a lawyer before turning to writing.

In 1697, Perrault published “Histoires ou contes du temps passé,” which included classic tales such as “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” These tales were some of the earliest recorded versions of these stories, and Perrault’s contributions helped to establish the fairy tale genre.

Perrault’s works were highly popular, and his stories were translated into many languages. His influence on children’s literature and the fairy tale genre can still be seen today in modern adaptations of his works.

In addition to his writing, Perrault was also a respected member of French society, serving as a civil servant and working on important public works projects. He was also a member of the French Academy, where he worked to promote the French language and literature.

Today, Charles Perrault is celebrated as a pioneering author and an important figure in French literary history. His contributions to the fairy tale genre have had a lasting impact on children’s literature, and his legacy continues to be celebrated around the world.

Charles Perrault
Portrait (detail) by Philippe Lallemand, 1672
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