Russian Fairy Tales

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.

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

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

Fairy talesEdit

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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