Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont was a French novelist and of Beauty and the Beast and Other Classic French Fairy Tales. Her first work, the moralistic novel The Triumph of Truth (Le Triomphe de la Vérité) was published in 1748. She continued her literary career by publishing many school books and collections she called “magazines” of educational and moral stories and poems for children. She was one of the first to write fairy tales for children. J., The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm with many others based on traditional fairy tale themes. A beautiful daughter dreams of meeting a handsome prince, but in order to save her father’s life, she leaves home to live with a terrible, frightening beast. Though her patron is hideous, his disarming generosity slowly leads to a surprising connection. Generations of children have been fascinated by the story of the girl named Beauty, who grows to love a fearsome beast by learning to see and cherish his kindness, generosity, and intelligence.
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