Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont published Beauty and the Beast in 1756 as a part of Magasin des Enfants (Magazine for Young Misses). It was a shortened version of Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve's fairy tale novella with the same name from 1740. It's also only one of the hundreds of works, signed by Madame Leprince de Beaumont, which established her as one of the most influential teachers in the 18th century.
She had a very intriguing private life as well.
We'll try to explore at least some trivia from her private life too but don't expect too much. Most of her life is intertwined with nobility, spies, and other members of society who invested huge efforts to hide their secrets. So here are 10 facts, or at least educated guesses about Madame Leprince de Beaumont:
Can you add an additional fact about Mme Leprince de Beaumont?
Thank you, Veronica. You are very kind.
your traditional tales knowledge is outstanding …..and a pleasure to read
Tolovaj, Thank you for the additional clarifications. This is a most welcome follow-up to Beauty and the Beast, which I've read, along with all your other posts. I tend not to leave comments -- although I always vote -- when I read them quite a bit after they've been created.
Hi, DerdriuMarriner, it's alwys a pleasure to see your insightful comments. No, I don't known why she changed her name, but it is very likely related to her entrance into the convent, where such name changes are very common. Using the name of her father can be party to keep it in the memory, but I don't think the length of his life has anything with it.
About her marriage(s) ... It's very unclear. She definitely used the surname of her 'second' husband, yet it seems, according to the letters (her letters) found by historians, she stayed married to the dancer right to the end of her life. Anyway, her daughter used the name of Mr. de Beaumont, just like Mme Leprince de Beaumont, what is pretty logical, because it was very respectable name which helped to open numerous doors - very helpful for everybody, especially for a woman who wanted to created any kind of business. And it worked pretty well for her, right?
Tolovaj, Thank you for the practicalities and products.
Do we know why she chose Jeanne-Marie? It's perhaps possible that her father didn't live long and that she feminized her father's name so that she carried both parents' names, right?
It's interesting that she both posed as the wife of more than one husband even as she seemed not to hide Elisabeth's identity as her daughter. What surname was Elisabeth (grandmother of Mérimée, no less!) known by?