Mark Azadovskii

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Azadovskii, Mark Konstantinovich


Born Dec. 6 (18), 1888, in Irkutsk; died Nov. 24, 1954, in Leningrad. Soviet Russian folklorist, literary scholar, and ethnographer.

Azadovskii graduated from the department of history and philology of the University of St. Petersburg in 1913. He taught at Tomsk, Irkutsk, and Leningrad universities. He wrote works on folk tales, laments (1922), the Decembrist writers, and the connection between literature and folklore. The summation of Azadovskii’s scholarly activity was his major work, A History of Russian Folklore Studies (vols. 1–2, 1958–63).


Lenskie prichitaniia. Chita, 1922.
Verkhnelenskie skazki. Irkutsk, 1938.
Russkaia skazka, vols. 1–2. Moscow-Leningrad, 1932.
Literatura i fol’klor. Leningrad, 1938.
“Zateriannye i utrachennye proizvedeniia dekabristov.” In Literaturnoe nasledstvo, vol. 59, book 1. Moscow, 1954.
Stat’i o literature i fol’klore. Moscow-Leningrad, 1960.


Zhirmunskii, V. M. “M. K. Azadovskii,” Introduction to Azadovskii, M. K. Istoriia russkoi fol’kloristiki, vol. 1. Moscow, 1958.
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