Russian Fairy Tales by A.A.


Illustration by A. Alexeieff, Russian Fairy Tales, 1945

Etched drawings dabbed
yellow, blue, and red
Prose that speaks
jewel-toned and scarce
Treasure hoards faraway tales
For Pru, Kim, and Diana
On Christmas 1945

Notes: The photo above comes from an actual edition I bought as a gift. The first page had “Xmas 1945,” the name of the three girls written in color pencil, and under them, the names of three more people — perhaps their descendants. Imagining this book, new and gleaming in 1945, bought in a war year, and being read through generations, left me sad that its history had been forgotten; I couldn’t let it end at the bookstore.

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Author: redgladiola

Creative writer happily predisposed to flights of fancy. You can find my poetry and short prose at https://redgladiola.wordpress.com

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