Howard Pyle's Robin Hood is the first, the most beautifully illustrated, and the most complete of the many renditions for young people of the adventures of the famous yeoman-thief of Sherwood Forest. Pyle's is the quintessential Robin Hood on which later films and a television series were based, and the book has proven a perennial favorite, numbering among its enthusiastic readers the British poet William Morris as well as American presidents Theodore Roosevelt and John F. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle remains the best book available for young readers on this enduring folk hero.
Character[ edit ] The plot follows Robin Hood as he becomes an outlaw after a conflict with foresters and through his many adventures and runs with the law.
Each chapter tells a different tale of Robin as he recruits Merry Men, resists the authorities, and aids his fellow man. The popular stories of Little John defeating Robin in a fight with staffs, of Robin's besting at the hands of Friar Tuckand of his collusion with Allan-a-Dale all appear.
In the end, Robin and his men are pardoned by King Richard the Lionheart and his band are incorporated into the king's retinue, much to the dismay of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Development and significance[ edit ] Pyle had been submitting illustrated poems and fairy tales to New York publications sinceand had met with success.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood was the first novel he attempted. He took his material from Middle Age ballads and wove them into a cohesive story, altering them for coherence and the tastes of his child audience. He needed a cooperative priest for the wedding of outlaw Allan a Dale Pyle's spelling of the original Alan-a-Dale to his sweetheart Ellen.
In the original " A Gest of Robyn Hode ", the life is saved of an anonymous wrestler who had won a bout but was likely to be murdered because he was a stranger.
Pyle adapted it and gave the wrestler the identity of David of Doncasterone of Robin's band in the story " Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow ".
In his novelistic treatment of the tales, Pyle thus developed several characters who had been mentioned in only one ballad, such as David of Doncaster or Arthur a Bland.
Pyle's book continued the 19th-century trend of portraying Robin Hood as a heroic outlaw who robs the rich to feed the poor; this portrayal contrasts with the Robin Hood of the ballads, where the protagonist is an out-and-out crook, whose crimes are motivated by personal gain rather than politics or a desire to help others.
Pyle has Robin kill only one man, who shoots at him first. Tales are changed in which Robin steals all that an ambushed traveler carried, such as the late 18th-century ballad " Robin Hood and the Bishop of Hereford ", so that the victim keeps a third and another third is dedicated to the poor.
Pyle did not have much concern for historical accuracy, but he renamed the queen-consort in the story " Robin Hood and Queen Katherine " as Eleanor of Aquitaine. This made her compatible historically with King Richard the Lion-Heartedwith whom Robin eventually makes peace.
The novel was first published by Scribner's inand met with immediate success,  ushering in a new era of Robin Hood stories. It helped solidify the image of a heroic Robin Hood, which had begun in earlier works such as Walter Scott 's novel Ivanhoe.
In Pyle's wake, Robin Hood has become a staunch philanthropist protecting innocents against increasingly aggressive villains. The Merry Adventures also had an effect on subsequent children's literature.
It helped move the Robin Hood legend out of the realm of penny dreadfuls and into the realm of respected children's books. Wyethwere children's novels after Pyle's fashion.+ free ebooks online.
Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day? Go to: Distributed Proofreaders. Complete summary of Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.
eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood [Howard Pyle] on lausannecongress2018.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
This Townsend Library classic has been carefully edited to be more accessible to today's students/5(16). Classics Illustrated is an American comic book/magazine series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Les Miserables, Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The lausannecongress2018.comd by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in and finished its first run in , producing issues.
Following the series' demise, various companies reprinted its titles. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood [Howard Pyle, Benvenuti] on lausannecongress2018.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This novel written by the American illustrator and writer Howard Pyle, consists of a series of episodes in the story of the English outlaw Robin Hood and his band of Merry lausannecongress2018.coms: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood is an novel by Howard Pyle, and so it is in the public domain and freely available online.
One source is indicated in the links below.