Beauty and the Beast by Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A TALE FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT OF JUVENILE READERS. With Illustrations by Crane, Walter. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1874. A traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 in The Young American and Marine Tales. Her lengthy version was abridged, rewritten, and published first by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756 in Magasin des enfants (Children's Collection) and by Andrew Lang in the Blue Fairy Book of his Fairy Book series in 1889.