Madame d'Aulnoy (1239 words)

  • Allison Stedman (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
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At the turn of the eighteenth-century Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy was one of the most popular and influential authors in western Europe; her novels, memoirs, travel logs, short stories, historical documentaries, devotional meditations and fairy tales continued to be published regularly throughout France, England, Spain, Germany and Bohemia long after her death in 1705. Today, however, d’Aulnoy is most remembered for her fairy tales, and particularly for “Lîle de la félicité” [“The Island of Happiness”], the first published fairy tale of the French tradition (1690), which sparked a vogue of fairy-tale composition between 1690 and 1715.

Early Life

Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, …

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Stedman, Allison. "Madame d'Aulnoy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 January 2015
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