Charles Perrault

1628 - 1703

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Charles Perrault ( perr-OH, also US: pə-ROH, French: [ʃaʁl pɛʁo]; 12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703) was a French author and member of the Académie Française. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from earlier folk tales, published in his 1697 book Histoires ou contes du temps passé (Stories or Tales from Past Times). The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon Rouge ("Little Red Riding Hood"), Cendrillon ("Cinderella"), Le Maître chat ou le Chat botté ("Puss in Boots"), La Belle au bois dormant ("Sleeping Beauty"), and Barbe Bleue ("Bluebeard").Some of Perrault's versions of old stories influenced the German versions published by the Brothers Grimm more than 100 years later. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Perrault has received more than 2,524,943 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Charles Perrault is the 72nd most popular writer (down from 70th in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from France (down from 61st in 2019) and the 17th most popular French Writer.

Charles Perrault is most famous for his fairy tales.

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Among writers, Charles Perrault ranks 72 out of 5,794Before him are Matsuo Bashō, Rabindranath Tagore, Ayn Rand, Hesiod, Li Bai, and Pablo Neruda. After him are Isaac Asimov, Jack London, Lewis Carroll, Romain Rolland, Marquis de Sade, and Giorgio Vasari.

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Among people born in 1628, Charles Perrault ranks 1After him are Marcello Malpighi, Jacob van Ruisdael, John Bunyan, Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria, François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, Muazzez Sultan, François Girardon, Robert Cambert, and Carlo Cignani. Among people deceased in 1703, Charles Perrault ranks 2Before him is Robert Hooke. After him are Mustafa II, Man in the Iron Mask, John Wallis, Vincenzo Viviani, Johann Christoph Bach, Samuel Pepys, Ilona Zrínyi, Erik Dahlbergh, Thomas Kingo, and Nicolas de Grigny.

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In France

Among people born in France, Charles Perrault ranks 69 out of 5,234Before him are Maurice Ravel (1875), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780), Henri Becquerel (1852), Gustave Eiffel (1832), Tacitus (54), and Henri Bergson (1859). After him are Jacques-Louis David (1748), Louis the Pious (778), Francis I of France (1494), Roman Polanski (1933), Caracalla (188), and Romain Rolland (1866).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Charles Perrault ranks 17Before him are Marcel Proust (1871), Denis Diderot (1713), Simone de Beauvoir (1908), Charles Baudelaire (1821), Gustave Flaubert (1821), and Arthur Rimbaud (1854). After him are Romain Rolland (1866), Marquis de Sade (1740), Guy de Maupassant (1850), Octave Mirbeau (1848), François Rabelais (1494), and André Gide (1869).