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Russian Fairy Tales

Peter Nikolaevich Polevoi

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The existence of the Russian Skazki or Märchen was first made generally known to the British public by Mr W. R. S. Ralston in his “Russian Folk-Tales.” That excellent and most engrossing volume was, primarily, a treatise on Slavonic folk-lore, illustrated with admirable skill and judgment by stories, mainly selected from the vast collection of Afanasiev, who did for the Russian what Asbjörnsen has done for the Norwegian folk-tale. A year after the appearance of Mr Ralston's book, the eminent Russian historian and archaeologist, Peter Nikolaevich Polevoi (well known, too, as an able and ardent Shakespearean scholar), selected from the inexhaustible stores of Afanasiev some three dozen of the Skazki, and worked them up into a fairy-tale book which was published at St Petersburg in 1874, under the title of “Narodnuiya Russkiya Skazki” (“Popular Russian Tales”). M. Polevoi did his work excellently well, and, while softening the crudities and smoothing out the occasional roughness of these charming stories, neither injured their simple texture nor overlaid the original pattern. It is from the first Russian edition of M. Polevoi's book that the following selection has been made. With the single exception of Morozko, a variant of which will be familiar to those who know Mr Ralston's volume, none of these tales had seen the light in an English dress before the publication of the first edition of my book; for though both Ralston and Polevoi drew, for the most part, from the same copious stock, their purposes were so different that their selections naturally proved to be different also. As to the merits of these Skazki, they must be left to speak for themselves. It is a significant fact, however, that scholars who are equally familiar with the Russian Skazki and the German Märchen unhesitatingly give the palm, both for fun and fancy, to the former. - Summary by Robert Nisbet Bain

Language:

English

Narrators:

Expatriate

Length:

5h 54m


Chapters

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02:40

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:22