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Charles Perrault

2 Jan 1628 - 16 May 1703

The French author who laid the foundations for the fairy tale genre of literature. His collected "Contes des fées" (widely known as the Mother Goose stories) have been endlessly retold, most profitably by Disney. Every child knows "Cinderella", "Beauty and the Beast", "Sleeping Beauty", "Snow White", "Puss in Boots", "Tom Thumb", and "Red Riding Hood".

Charles Perrault naquit a Paris le 12 janvier 1628, septieme enfant de Pierre Perrault, avocat au parlement de Paris. Apres d'excellentes etudes au college de Beauvais, rue Jean-De-Beauvais a Paris, il fut recu avocat en 1651. Il abandonna bientot apres le barreau et devint commis de son frere aine, Pierre, receveur general des finances de Paris. Les loisirs que lui laissait sa place lui permirent de se livrer a la poesie : diverses pieces de circonstances, a la verite assez mediocrement versifiees, commencerent a le faire connaitre des hommes de lettres et des artistes de son temps. En 1663, il entra au service de Colbert et devint rapidement son homme de confiance : nomme secretaire de la " petite academie " , qui sera plus tard l'academie des inscriptions et belles lettres, il prit ensuite une part active a l'administration des batiments du roi, avec le titre de "premier commis des batiments" . En 1671, il fut elu a l'academie francaise. La meme annee, il epousa une jeune fille de dix-neuf ans, Marie Guichon, qui lui donna quatre enfants et le laissa veuf en 1678.

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