"Beauty and the Beast" is one of the most popular Perrault's fairy tales, but also more special than the other stories. This is the case because the love story between the two main characters happened gradually, not in first sight which is a bit uncommon for fairy tales, especially the ones Perrault wrote. Beauty and … [Read more...] about Beauty and the Beast
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont was a French author best known for her version of "The Beauty and the Beast". She was born in 1711 in Rouen and died in 1780.
After her mother passed away when Jeanne was only eleven, she and her sisters were tutored by two wealthy women who later on enrolled them into a convent school in Ernemont in Rouen. Subsequently Jeanne became a singing teacher.
She was married two times, once to the dancer Antoine Malter and the second time for Grimard de Beaumont.
In 1748 she went to London where she wrote fairytales amongst which was "The Beauty and the Beast". Jeanne left England in 1763 with her daughter Elisabeth. Jeanne was in a relationship with the French spy Thomas Pichon which landed her a character in the novel "Crossings".
Except for fairytales she wrote novels such as "The Triumph of Truth" and instructional handbook for parents and educator called Magasins. Her other works are: "Prince Darling", "Prince Charming", "The Widow and her Two Daughters", "The Tale of the Three Wishes"…