Andreev, Nikolai Petrovich

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Andreev, Nikolai Petrovich


Born Nov. 11 (23), 1892; died Jan. 15, 1942, in Leningrad. Soviet scholar in the field of literature and folklore.

Andreev studied mainly Russian and Ukrainian fairy tales. In his book Index of Fairy Tale Subjects (1929), which played a great role in Soviet fairy tale studies, Andreev followed the Finnish scholar A. Aarne’s index of fairy tale types. Later Andreev sharply criticized the Finnish school. His works are Folklore and Literature (1936), Folklore in Nekrasov’s Poetry (1936), Pushkin’s Works in Folklore (1937), the reader Russian Folklore (1936), and the anthology Byliny (Russian epics; 1938).


Astakhova, A. M. “N. P. Andreev.” In Ocherki istorii russkoi etnografii, fol’kloristiki i antropologii, issue 5, Moscow, 1969.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.