|Sleeping Beauty, Soviet edition, illustrated by Eric Boulatov and Oleg Vassiliev|
The fairy tales of Charles Perrault are timeless and classic. Even those who don't readily know his name, know his stories - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and so many more.
Charles Perrault was born in Paris, France, in 1628. He was the youngest of seven children. He attended good schools and afterwards studied law. Like his father and one of the brothers, he entered government service. He was heavily involved in the arts and science worlds of the time. After the end of his government career at the age of 67, he devoted himself to writing for children. His Tales of Mother Goose started the new genre of literature knows as 'fairy tales'.
|Red Riding Hood, illustration by Gusave Dore (1883)|
|Cinderella by Gustave Dore|