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The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings$
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Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036347

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036347.001.0001

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Introduction to Bluebeard and Other Fairy Tales

Introduction to Bluebeard and Other Fairy Tales

(p.311) Introduction to Bluebeard and Other Fairy Tales
The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings

Simone de Beauvoir

Janella D. Moy

University of Illinois Press

The stories you are about to read were written down in France, nearly three hundred years ago, by a very learned old gentleman. He wore a white wig, and his name was Charles Perrault.1 He didn’t make up the stories himself, though. They were already old when he found them, so old that no one can tell their age. What is more, they had traveled by word of mouth so far around the globe—from Ireland to India, and all through Europe and Asia—that no one is sure where they first started. A thousand years ago in China, grandmothers were telling their grandchildren the wonderful story of a slit-eyed Cinderella who lost a golden slipper at the ball....

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