Here are the original eight stories from the 1697 volume Contes de temps
passé by the great Charles Perrault (1628–1703) in a translation that
retains the charming and unsentimental simplicity that has won Perrault a
permanent position in French literature. These were among the earliest
versions of some of our most familiar fairy tales (Cinderella, Sleeping
Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and Tom Thumb) and
are still among the few classic re-tellings of these perennial stories. In
addition to the five well-known tales listed above, Perrault tells three
others that are sure to delight any child or adult: The Fairies, a short
and very simple tale of two sisters, one sweet and one spiteful; Ricky of
the Tuft, a very unusual story of a brilliant but ugly prince and a
beautiful but stupid princess; and Blue Beard, a suspense story perhaps
more famous as a classic thriller than as a fairy tale. The witty verse
morals that Perrault included in the original edition (often omitted in
later reprintings) are retained here in verse translations. This edition
also includes 34 extraordinary full-page engravings by Gustave Doré that
show clearly why this artist became the foremost illustrator of his time.
These illustrations have long been considered the ideal accompaniment to
Perrault's fairy tales. In many cases they created the pictorial image that
we associate with the stories. Along with the collections of Andersen,
Lang, and the Brothers Grimm, this volume is among the great books of
European fairy tales. These stories have been enjoyed by generation after
generation of children in many countries, and are here, with magnificent
Doré illustrations, waiting to be enjoyed again.

Charles Perrault, Gustave Dore—Perrault's Fairy Tales

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