GABRIELLE-SUZANNE BARBOT

DE VILLENEUVE

Madame de VilleneuveGabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (c. 1695–29 December 1755) was a French author influenced by Madame d’Aulnoy and Charles Perrault.

 

Madame de Villeneuve was born in La Rochelle. She is particularly noted for her La Belle et la Bête, which is the oldest known variant of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast. First published in ‘La jeune américaine, et les contes marins, it is over a hundred pages long, containing many subplots, and involving a genuinely savage—i.e. ‘stupid’—Beast, not merely a change of appearance.

 

Her lengthy version was abridged, rewritten, and published by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756, to produce the version most commonly retold.

In 1767, she wrote a novel La Jardinière de Vincennes. She was a close friend of the controversial writer Claude Jolyot de Crébillon. She died in Paris.

 

Available titles by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve:
The Story of the Beauty and the Beast