Alexander Afanasyev  

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Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev (11 July, 182623 October, 1871) was a Russian folklorist best known for his pioneering study and publication of Russian folktales.

He recorded and published over 600 Russian folktales and fairy tales, by far the largest folktale collection by any one man in the world. He is considered to be the Russian counterpart to the Brothers Grimm. His first collection was published in eight volumes from 1855-67. A bawdy selection of these, prefaced by Gershon Legman, are known as the Russian Secret Tales.

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