Pavel Petrovich Bazhov was born in 1879 in the family of a master who worked at a mining plant near Yekaterinburg. The boy was lucky with the teacher of literature. He himself loved Russian literature and gave this love to his students. Ten-year-old Bazhov knew by heart the entire school collection of poems by NA Nekrasov.
Pavel Bazhov could become a priest – he graduated from the Permological Seminary. But he became a teacher of the Russian language, taught first in Yekaterinburg, then in Kamyshlov.
The peaceful course of life was violated by the revolution. In the civil war Bazhov fought in the Red Army, was captured by the Whites, and after the escape – in the detachment of the Red Partisans. After the war I started journalism.
In his youth, Bazhov was interested in Ural folklore, he studied folk wisdom. He was familiar with “secret tales” – oral traditions, in which a fairy tale was intricately intertwined with real life. His literary works Bazhov called “stories.” In fairy tales of these ordinary ordinary people of the earth – such as Danila – the master, the old man Kokovan, the girl Darenka.
Before the Great Patriotic War, in 1939, a book of Bazhov’s tales “The Malachite Box” was printed. It immediately became one of the most popular books of its time. Even in the harsh years of the war, she was in second place in “readability.”