Russian Fairy Tales

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Vasilisa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baba Yaga, illustration by Ivan Bilibin

Russian Fairy Tales (Russian: Народные Русские Сказки, variously translated; English titles include also Russian Folk Tales) is a collection of nearly 600 fairy and folktales, collected and published by Alexander Afanasyev between 1855 and 1863.[1] His literary work was explicitly modeled after Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Vladimir Propp drew heavily on this collection for his analyses in his Morphology of the Folktale.

Fairy tales[edit]

Some of the tales included in these volumes:


  1. ^ Alexander Afanasyev. Russian Fairy Tale — K. Soldatenkov and N. Shchepkin, 1855—1863. — Vol. 1—8


  • Afanasyev, Alexander (1984) [1873], Народные русские сказки [National Russian Tales] (in Russian) (2nd ed.) , 3 vols, (first edition 1859)
Extracts of limited selections of stories from the books have been used several times in translation, these include :

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