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 an iconic 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 2,640,622 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Charles Perrault is the 67th most popular writer (up from 72nd in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from France (up from 69th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Writer.

Charles Perrault is most famous for his fairy tales.

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Among writers, Charles Perrault ranks 67 out of 5,755Before him are Thomas Mann, Rabindranath Tagore, Jack London, Henrik Ibsen, Stefan Zweig, and Arthur Rimbaud. After him are James Joyce, Romain Rolland, Giacomo Casanova, Isaac Asimov, Ayn Rand, and Astrid Lindgren.

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Among people born in 1628, Charles Perrault ranks 1After him are Marcello Malpighi, Jacob van Ruisdael, John Bunyan, Muazzez Sultan, Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria, François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, Emmanuel Philibert, Prince of Carignano, François Girardon, Lucrezia Barberini, and Robert Cambert. 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, Ilona Zrínyi, Samuel Pepys, Erik Dahlbergh, Nicolas de Grigny, and Charles de Saint-Évremond.

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In France

Among people born in France, Charles Perrault ranks 62 out of 6,011Before him are Stendhal (1783), Gustave Flaubert (1821), Edgar Degas (1834), Georges Bizet (1838), Jacques-Louis David (1748), and Arthur Rimbaud (1854). After him are Claude Debussy (1862), Henri Becquerel (1852), Cardinal Richelieu (1585), Louis Braille (1809), Hector Berlioz (1803), and Maximilien Robespierre (1758).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Charles Perrault ranks 17Before him are Simone de Beauvoir (1908), Octave Mirbeau (1848), Émile Zola (1840), Stendhal (1783), Gustave Flaubert (1821), and Arthur Rimbaud (1854). After him are Romain Rolland (1866), Marquis de Sade (1740), Jean de La Fontaine (1621), George Sand (1804), André Gide (1869), and Nicolas Flamel (1330).