The Tales of Mother Goose


Charles Perrault

Translation by Charles Welsh

The initiator of the literary fairy tale genre, Charles Perrault, published in 1695 under the name of his son a collection of fairy tales Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités, which grew better known under its subtitle, "Contes de ma mère l'Oye" or "Tales of my Mother Goose".

Perrault's publication marks the first authenticated starting-point for Mother Goose stories.

In 1729 there appeared an English translation of Perrault's collection, Robert Samber's Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose, which introduced "Sleeping Beauty", "Little Red Riding-hood", "Puss in Boots", "Cinderella" and other Perrault tales to English-speaking audiences.

Cinderella, or the little glass slipper - The sleeping beauty in the woods - Little Thumb - The Master Cat, or Puss In Boots - Riquet with the tuft - Blue Beard - The Fairy - Little Red Riding-hood