Charles Perrault, the French writer and storyteller, was born on January 12 in 1628.
Perrault's most famous contemporaries as a storyteller, in the meantime, he was a venerable poet of his time, an academician of the French Academy, the famous author of scientific papers. He was known as a journalist, dignitary and academician. He was a lawyer, a clerk first French Finance Minister Colbert.
However, worldwide fame and brought him to the descendants of memory is remarkable tale "Puss in Boots", "Cinderella," "Bluebeard". Literary work of Charles came in a time when there was a high society fashion fairy tale. Fairy tales have become one of the favorite hobbies of a secular society. Some people prefer to listen to philosophical tales, others paid tribute to the ancient tales have come down in the retelling of nannies and grandparents. Writers actively responded to the fashion trends of the world, began to record and process familiar from childhood stories. So fabulous oral tradition began to move into the written.
Perreault initially hesitated to publish stories under his own name, and signed them in the name of his son, eighteen, P.Darmankura — was motivated by concern that the writing of fairy tales will be perceived in the community as a frivolous activity and frivolous, inappropriate authority of serious the writer.
At the heart of fairy tales Perrault lay-known folk stories, which he set out with his usual flair and humor. In fact Perrault introduced the folk tale in the genre of "high" literature. But that's not all: perhaps Perrault can be regarded as the founder of the world of children's literature and literary pedagogy.
Charles Perrault died May 16 in 1703.
In the 20th century there was a discussion about the authorship of fairy tales, in which tried to prove that fairy tales really written Perros-old son. Yet, apparently traditional version of authorship is more likely.