Sleeping Beauty and Other Stories by Charles Perrault
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An unparalleled collection of classic fairy tales. Includes the timeless stories: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, and Puss In Boots among others. This medley definitely belongs in your personal library and will be savored time and time again for years to come. The most timeless and entertaining of all the classic collections of fairy tales.

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Charles Perrault was born in Paris on January 12, 1628. He was the son of an upper-class burgeois family and attended the best schools, becoming a lawyer in 1651. After being a lawyer for some time, he was appointed chief clerk in the king's building, superintendent's office in 1664. While there, he induced Colbert to establish a fund called Liste des Bienfaits du Roi, to give pensions to writers and savants not only in France but in Europe. He took part in the creation of the Academy of Sciences as well as the restoration of the Academy of Painting. When the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres was founded by Colbert in 1663, Perrault was made secretary for life. Having written but a few popular poems, he was elected to the French Academy in 1671, and on the day of his inauguration he invited the public to be admitted to the meeting, a privilege that has ever since been continued. Perrault laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood) and La Barbe bleue (Bluebeard). His stories continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (for example, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty), theatre, and film. He also wrote Parallčles des Anciens et des Modernes (the Parallels between the Ancients and the Moderns), from 1688 to 1697, which compared the authors of antiquity unfavorably to more modern writers, and caused a debate that lasted for years. Charles Perrault died on May 16, 1703. Anthea Bell was born in Suffolk, was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, and has worked as a translator for a number of years, primarily from German and French. Her translations include works of non-fiction, literary and popular fiction, and books for young people including classic German works by the Brothers Grimm, Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Hauff and Christian Morgenstern. Bell has also served on the committee of the Translators` Association and the jury panel of the Schlegel-Tieck German translation prize in Great Britain. She has been the recipient of a number of translation prizes and awards, among them the 1987 Schlegel-Tieck Award for Hans Berman's The Stone and the Flute (Viking) and the first Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for Christine Nöstlinger's A Dog's Life (Andersen Press). Bell was selected by a five-member jury as the recipient of the 2002 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translatorżs Prize for her exceptional translation of W.G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz, published Random House. He also won the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2009 for How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. Loek Koopmans was born in the Netherlands and studied at the academy of the fine arts in Arnhem. He illustrates picture books, writes stories, and is a painter, and in 1993 and 1996 he won the the Dutch Award for best illustrated book." In addition, his work has been featured in the catalog of the Bologna book fair. He is the author and illustrator of several children's books and currently lives with his wife in Zwolle.
Published June 1, 1989 by Running Pr Book Pub (J). 95 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Walker's translation from Perrault departs very little from those in the standard collections (Lang, for example), but his princess's awakening words, ""Is it you, dear prince?"" (with no mention of his long time coming), are evidence that the choices he has made have been in the direction of bla...

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