Aleksandr Afanas'ev's Russian Folktales (Narodnye russkie skazki) is the largest collection of folktales in Russia and one of the largest in the world. First published in eight installments between 1855 and 1864, it included 579 tales, many with variants, collected in the Russian provinces as well as in Ukraine and Belarus. The publication of Volume III concludes Jack V. Haney's project to translate the Russian Folktales of Afanas'ev, who is often called “the Russian Grimm,” in its entirety and thereby to place this remarkable collection alongside its celebrated Western European counterparts. Sadly, Haney did not live to see the conclusion of his project. Sibelan Forrester, Professor of Russian at Swarthmore College, completed Volume III by editing Haney's drafts for the volume and supplying translations where necessary. Together, the three volumes of translations, accompanied by valuable scholarly commentary, bring the East Slavic folktale tradition into the purview of international folklorists and...

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