This anthology gathers a broad selection of Russian folktales, legends, and anecdotes, and includes helpful features that make them more accessible and engaging for English-language readers. Editor Jack V. Haney has selected some of the best tales from his seven-volume "Complete Russian Folktale" collection and added examples of anecdotes and the long 'serial tales' told in the far north.The 114 tales included here represent every genre found in the Russian tradition. They date from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries and come from all geographic regions of the Russian-speaking world. The collection is enhanced by a detailed introduction to the folktale and its types, brief introductions to each grouping of tales, head notes with interesting background for individual tales, and a glossary explaining Russian terms.
Table of Contents
Preface; Glossary; Introduction; I. Animal Tales; Sister Fox and the Wolf; The Peasant, the Bear, and the Fox; The Pig Set Off For the Games; The Fox as Keener; The Fox as Confessor; A Wolf-Gray and Daring; The Fox and the Jug; The Bear and the Beam; The Peasant, the Bear, the Fox, and the Gadfly; The Case of the Beekeeper and the Bear; The Bear; The Mushrooms; The Sun, the Wind, and the Moon; II. Tales of Heroes and Villains; Nikita the Tanner; Ivan the Mare's Son; Maria Morevna; The Witch and the Sun's Sister; The Milk of Wild Beasts; Baba Yaga and the Nimble Youth; Ivan Tsarevich and the Gray Wolf; The Maiden Tsar; Elena the Wise; The Frog Tsarevna; The Petrified Tsarevna; Fenist the Bright Falcon Feather; How the Tsar's Daughter Came to Know Need; Go Where You Know Not Where, Bring Back You Know Not What; The Mare's Head; Baba Yaga; The Swan-Geese; Vasilisa the Beautiful; III. Tales of Magic; A Prince and His Uncle; The Golden Slipper; Burenushka the Little Red Cow; Sivko-Burko; The Pig with the Golden Bristles; Dirty Face; Ivan Tsarevich, the Gray Wolf, and Elena the Most Beautiful; The Rejuvenating Applies; The Three Sons-in-Law; The Everlasting Piece; Little Boy Green; The Fiddler in Hell; The Snow Maiden; The Armless Maiden; IV. Legends; The Poor Widow; The Serpent; The Hermit and the Devil; The Proud Rich Man; The Bigamist; The Old Woman in Church; The Golden Saucer and the Silver Apple; SS. Kas'ian and Nikolai; Why Women Lost Their Rights; The Tale of a Drunkard; Who Brought Vodka to Rus; The Forest Spirit; The Skomorokh Vavilo; V. Tales of Love and Life; The Self-Playing Gusli; About Ivan the Fool; The Philosopher and the Cripple; The Soldier Erema the Crafty; The Peasant and the Devil; The White-Bearded Old Man; The Tsar and the Two Craftsmen; The Wise Seven-Year-Old Girl; Tsar Peter and the Clever Woman; The Clever Daughter (or the Dispute Over a Colt); How I Became Head of the Division; The Merchant's Daughter; A Hunter Rescues a Maiden; The Woman From the Grave; About Savvushka; The Son-in-Law Teaches His Wife and Mother-in-Law; How Peter and a Hunter Went Hunting; Peter the Great Ate the Murzovka; The Carefree Monastery; Why There Is Treason in Rus; Eaten By a Wolf; How a Lad Bought Wisdom; Why They Stopped Banishing Old Men; How the Bear Killed the Robbers; The Soldier and Death; The Golden Pitcher; Peter the Great and the Three Soldiers; The Monk and the Abbess; VI. Tales of Clever Fools; Balda the Laborer; The Laborer and the Priest; Horns; How Klimka Stole the Landlord's Wife; Shabarsha the Laborer; About a Sly Peasant and a Priest; About Egibikha (Baba Yaga); A Lad Who Watched Rusalki; The Tsar and the Peasant; The Peasant and the Devil; The Devil Takes the Soldier's Watch; Whence Came Baba Yaga; The Wizard; VII. Anecdotes; The Dog Tsuvarnachka; Those Folks From Pskov; A Tailor or a Crayfish; The Mare's Egg; Kostia; The Lord of the Manor; How the Soldier Sold the Speck Unsalted Custard; If You Don't Like It, Don't Listen!; The Turnip; Roundsides; The Sad Story of a Raven; VIII. Serial Tales From the Far North.