Contes de Perrault – Illustrations de Margaret Tarrant
Encompassed is a collection of Charles Perrault’s (1628-1703) finest tales, including ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Puss in Boots’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Blue Beard’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ all written in French. Perrault was an incredibly influential literary figure in seventeenth century France, and was one of the first writers bring magical children’s stories into the literary mainstream. He proved to his readers that such works were important, enjoyable, as well as thought-provoking.
Perrault’s stories are here accompanied by the dazzling colour illustrations of Margaret Tarrant (1888-1959). She was a much celebrated English illustrator who specialised in depictions of fairy-like children and religious subjects; a pioneering woman in the male-dominated world of fine-art. The fairy tales are presented here in their original french translations, alongside Tarrant’s beautiful images.