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: