"the Countess D'Anois"
Porträt Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barnevilles, comtesse d'Aulnoy
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Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d'Aulnoy (c.1650-1705) was a French writer.  She was frequently referred to as Comtesse, although the title was inaccurate.  The translation of her name into English was subject to considerable variation, including d’Anois, and Dunois.   

From 1690 to 1703 she published 12 books, 10 of which were translated into English by 1721.  They include three pseudo travel memoirs, translated as The Lady’s travels into Spain, The Memoirs of the Court of Spain, and The Memoirs of the Court of England, three "historical" romances, various novels, and three collections of fairy tales.  The most popular were her fairy tales and adventure stories as told in Les Contes des Fees (Tales of fairies) and Contes Nouveaux, ou Les Fées à la Mode. The stories were told in a conversational style, as they might be told in salons, and were not for the ears of children.