Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont

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Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fairy tale. Its first published version was written by the French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Ville­neuve in the mid-18th century. It was a novel-length story intended for adult readers and addressed the issues of the marriage system of the day in which women had no right to choose their husband or to refuse to marry.
The best-known version of the tale appeared sixteen years later. Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont simplified and shortened de Ville­neuve’s work and published it in a magazine for young ladies. The new abridged version became more successful, and Madame de Beaumont is now regarded as the author of the classic story.
This edition includes remarkable illustrations by Walter Crane. Crane’s work on children’s books in cooperation with the publisher Edmund Evans earned him worldwide fame in the late 19th century.

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About Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), though best known for his novels and short stories for adults, also produced several works for children, including a companion volume to A Wonder Book called Tanglewood Tales (1853). About the Illustrator: Walter Crane (1845-1915) was one of the most popular English illustrators of children's books in the late nineteenth century. He was one of the first book artists to experiment with color in picture books.
Published December 5, 2013 by The Planet. 34 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Self Help, Romance, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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