While Charles Perrault didn't invent the plot of any of 'his' fairy tales, he indisputably made a huge impact on the evolution of this new literary genre.
But let's focus just on the life of this interesting man. Believe it or not, he was much more than the author of these popular stories, which were actually just a footnote in his work.
And if you are reading about him on the web, you'll find so many totally wrong presumptions about him and his work (at presumably legit media like Independent or Telegraph, for instance), it's only fair to present his biography from the point of view of somebody who actually studied the life of Perrault, not just skimmed the article on Wikipedia.
And by the way, I wrote a full essay about Perrault as well. So here are just the 10 most important facts from Charles Perrault's biography: