Charles Perrault: Histoires ou contes du temps passé [Histories or Tales of Past Times, With Morals] (1352 words)

Allison Stedman (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
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In 1697, Charles Perrault published eight fairy tales under the title Histoires ou contes du temps passé avec des moralités (Histories or Tales of Past Times, with Morals), five of which had appeared in his earlier presentation manuscript, “Contes de ma mere l’oye” (wr. 1695; Tales by My Mother Goose). Although initially intended for adults, the tales were reprised and redefined for an audience of children during the nineteenth century.

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In 1683, when Louis XIV’s prime minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s son was old enough to occupy Charles Perrault’s prestigious administrative position as Louis XIV’s supervisor of buildings and grounds, Colbert ended …

Citation: Stedman, Allison. "Histoires ou contes du temps passé". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 January 2015 [, accessed 26 November 2020.]

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