Beauty and the Beast is one of the world's most famous fairy tales. This is the very first published version of the fairy tale, by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, published in 1740. Variations of the tale are known across Europe. It has been enormously popular for centuries. In 1991 the story was made into a Disney animated musical fantasy.
"Beauty before Disney's Beast"
Sacrificing herself for the safety of her father, Beauty goes to the castle of the Beast to die. However, the Beast turns out to be a "softy", and showers Beauty with many gifts, but tells her she may not leave the palace. But she wants to leave.... What does he do? This European tale, told vividly by narrator Kathy Verduin, is an exquisite story of love and family.