The first tale to have the protagonist named Cinderella is Giambattista Basile’s Cat Cinderella, written in 1634.
This story, unlike most Cinderella’s, gives the name of the girl before she is given the new name Cat Cinderella, and that name is Zezolla.
Fairy tales usually follow a pattern, and that is that they all focus on a “childhood sin,” and why that sin is wrong. Basile, before the tale begins, stresses the fact that Cat Cinderella is a tale of envy.
[...] Basile's last job was at the court of the duke of Acerenza, Galeazzo Pinelli, who named Basile governor of Giugliano (in the province of Naples) in 1631. But it was a short-lived position. After the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1631, a flu epidemic, so severe in its effects that it was compared by many to the plague, hit Naples and the surrounding areas, and Basile was one of its victims. He died on February 23, 1632, and was buried, after an elaborate funeral, in Giugliano's Santa Sofia church.


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    [Giambattista Basile's The tale of tales, or, Entertainment for little ones (Nancy L. Canepa)]


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