When Charles Perrault published his Contes he was nearly sixty. He was a widower and had four children. He was an honourable family father and a no less honourable academic.
His writings had given him certain fame and a name. He had written galant verses, (critics say that they were as bad as preciocist), he had also written poems praising the King and the Crown. That was the reason of his fame and name.
These were the reasons why he published his first tale anonimously. He wanted to avoid a ridiculous position. He sends his Sleping Beauty to the magazine Mercure Galant in an anonimous way. In fact it is his masterpiece, the one that takes him to posterity.