Vitalii Bianki

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Bianki, Vitalii Valentinovich


Born Jan. 30 (Feb. 11), 1894, in St. Petersburg; died June 10, 1959, in Leningrad. Soviet Russian writer.

Bianki studied in the natural sciences division of Petrograd University’s department of physics and mathematics. His literary activity began in 1923. Bianki wrote for children, and his charming books open up for them the world of nature and teach them its secrets. His Forest Gazette for Each Year (1st ed., 1928) is an unusual encyclopedia of the life of the forest and its inhabitants. The language of Bianki’s books is simple and colorful and appeals directly to a child’s imagination.


Lesnye byli i nebylitsy. Leningrad, 1957.
Povesti i rasskazy. Leningrad, 1959.
Rasskazy i skazki. Leningrad, 1960.
Lesnaia gazeta na kazhdyi god, 10th ed. Leningrad, 1961.


Grodenskii.G. Vitalii Bianki. Moscow-Leningrad, 1954.
Zhizn’ i tvorchestvo V. Bianki. Leningrad, 1967. (Articles, reminiscences, publications, and letters.)
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