Shchegolenok, Vasilii

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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Shchegolenok, Vasilii Petrovich


Born 1805(?) in the village of Boiarshchina, Kizhi Volost (small rural district), in what is now the Karelian ASSR; died not earlier than 1886. Russian skazitel’, or singer of byliny (epic folk songs). Peasant.

In his performance of byliny Shchegolenok tended to combine different plots. Texts written down from his performances were published by P. N. Rybnikov, A. F. Gil’ferding, and E. V. Barsov. Shchegolenok was acquainted with L. N. Tolstoy, who borrowed a number of plots from him.


Sokolov, Iu. M. “Lev Tolstoi i skazitel’ Shchegolenok.” Letopisi Gos. lit. muzeia, 1948, book 12.
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