Perrault was born on 12 January 1628 to a wealthy Parisian family. After studying law, he pursued a career in government service. When the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres – an institution devoted to humanities – was founded in 1663, Charles Perrault was appointed its secretary for life.
His literary productions over the years were few, but included the famous Parallèle des Anciens et des Modernes, where Perrault tried to prove the superiority of the literature of his century over the literature of Antiquity. International recognition came to Perrault when he was almost 70, after publishing Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé. Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye, or Tales of Mother Goose. It laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, and became an inseparable part of our childhood.