At the age of 67, French author Charles Perrault lost his employment and decided to focus on his children. In 1697 he published a collection of short stories based on existing folk tales, Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passé. These stories, presented in this volume, are some of the most well-known children’s stories in the western world, including Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding-Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), and La Belle au Bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty). Because of this collection of short morality stories, Perrault is often credited with creating the literary genre of the fairy tale.
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