The Soldier and Death
Background to The Soldier and Death
Ransome had always intended to follow Old Peter’s Russian Tales with further collections of Russian folklore. In mid-1917, he secured agreement for a second volume with Macmillan, but progress on it was increasingly disrupted by his j0urnalistic duties, the growing crisis in Russia and Ransome’s poor health.
Ransome did complete The Soldier and Death as a kind of “tuning fork” for the rest of his second collection. Macmillan approved it, and subsequently published it as a single story in 1920. It has been republished since, both as a separate volume, and incorporated into The War of the Birds and the Beasts and Other Russian Tales.
The Soldier and Death was re-published by ART as part of Old Peter’s Russian Tales & the Battle of the Birds and the Beasts in 2016.
The Soldier and Death is a single folktale.
Published by John G Wilson in July, 1920.
A soldier served God and the Great Tzar for twenty-five years, earned three dry biscuits, and set off to walk his way home.
Also in Story-telling
- Highways and Byways in Fairyland
- The Hoofmarks of the Fawn
- The Elixir of Life
- Old Peter’s Russian Tales
- Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp
- The Soldier and Death
- The War of the Birds and the Beasts and Other Russian Tales
- Coots in the North and Other Stories
- The Blue Treacle
- Aladdin and His Lamp