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Welcome to 1001 Classic Short Stories and Tales Audio Podcast!  This is a hand-picked collection of favorites from writers like Jack London, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Anderson, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, and many more. I narrate the stories and often add background music and sound effects to bring the stories to life. These are suitable for the entire family, enjoyed by all ages and levels of literary experience, and often make great discussion starters for students who are just getting exposed to literature. 

1001 now has an App! It is "1001 STORIES NETWORK" and it is now at the IOS Apple App Store, just search it. It will be at Android App Store and Amazon App store very soon. It is free. It combines all 3 of our shows, 1001 Heroes, 1001 Classic Short Stories, and 1001 Stories For the Road. It also offers a Premium Membership offering access to all shows, and all shows are ad-free.

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Jon Hagadorn/1001 Stories Podcast Network


Mar 27, 2017

"Beauty and the Beast" by Gabrielle de Suzanne Barbot de Villanueve:  This really is a tale as old as time. This is one of the two original stories that inspired "Beauty and the Beast" as we know it today. The first Beauty and the Beast was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villenueve, circa 1748. This version, written about 16 years later, was an abridged version of the same, penned by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont,, who, incidentally to historians, was married to a French spy named Thomas Pinchon.

As we tell this story today, the live action movie Beauty and the Beast is set to premiere, and is expected to garner a number of awards, as has every other version of this story from Disney animation to Broadway. The tale of the “Beast”, the man who appeared more like a wolf than a man, was very likely inspired by the real life of Petrus Gonsolvus, born in 1537 on the Canary island of Tenerife with a rare condition called hypertrichosis, which covered his face and body with hair, making him look half-man, half wolf. He was considered a wild man, and kept in a cage, and treated and fed like an animal, before shipped to King Henry II of France as a gift. The King, realizing that this was a gentle man, took pity on him, freed him, and brought him up in the royal court.

We will tell his incredible story in next week’s 1001 Heroes episode.   Twitter: @1001Podcast Email:

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