Quick Happy Birthday shout-out to Charles Perrault! If you ever think you’re too old to start writing, Charles Perrault was almost 70 years old when he wrote his first fairy tales in 1697! They were instant hits, and it is from Perrault Fairy Tales that we get the most famous versions of some classic stories. And Google is honoring him with gorgeous doodles today!
“Perrault’s stories set the standard for the modern fairytale,” said Google. “The publication of the tales coincides with the rise of the modern novel: they came after Don Quixote and La Princesse de Clèves, but before Robinson Crusoe and Tom Jones. The backbone of these fairytales persists within contemporary novels and movies, making our reading or cinema-going a fundamentally optimistic venture: when we hear ‘once upon a time’, we’ve come to expect –and anxiously await – a ‘happily ever after’.” Source: Charles Perrault: the father of the modern fairytale | Books | The Guardian
The best known of his tales include Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard. Some of Perrault’s versions of old stories may have influenced the German versions published by the Brothers Grimm more than 100 years later.
Some of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales haven given me nightmares as a child, so I guess I’ll have to thank Charles Perrault for that! 🙂