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Charles Perrault

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Charles Perrault

Year Published



Short Stories


Fairy Tales, Fiction

At a Glance

French author Charles Perrault (1628–1703) is best remembered for his collection of fairy tales Contes de ma mère l'oye (Tales of Mother Goose, 1697). His lucid and straightforward style of writing makes Perrault's fairy tales popular with children and adults—particularly attendees of the French literary salons of his day. Aristocracy attended these salon gatherings to discuss art, philosophy, and politics. This guide includes Perrault's stories from the original edition of Tales of Mother Goose: "The Sleeping Beauty of the Wood," "Puss in Boots," "Little Tom Thumb," "The Fairies," "Ricky of the Tuft," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," and "Blue Beard."

Perspective and Narrator

In Perrault's Fairy Tales, the narrative point of view is third-person omniscient in all of the stories.


The stories in Perrault's Fairy Tales are told in the past tense.

About the Title

French author Charles Perrault (1628–1703) relays his own version of fairy tales that were traditionally told orally. He adapts the stories to please both his teenage children and aristocratic audiences in the French salons. In addition, the original title, Contes de ma mère l'oye (Tales of Mother Goose, 1697), was a fixed expression referring to fairy tales.


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