Charles Perrault (1628-1703)

Member of the Académie Française and author of several important publications on literary debates of his day including, Comparison of Ancients and Moderns (Paralèlle des anciens et des modernes, 1688) and In Defense of Women (Apologie des Femmes, 1694). His literary contributions are three poetic tales, published together as Verse Tales (Contes en vers, 1694), and eight fairy tales, published as Stories or Tales of Times Past (Histoires ou Contes du temps passé, 1697) and known also as Stories by My Mother the Goose, or The Mother Goose Tales (Contes de ma Mère l’Oye). The latter of these two collections, both published for an adult readership at the time, contains early print versions of such American cultural institutions as “Cinderella” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”