At 06:00 AM 11/8/2001 , Mary S. wrote:
>Then I passed "Howard Pyle, Illustrated Classics Edition, ROBIN HOOD" and
>plucked it off the shelf for a reminiscent glance.
>Guess what, none of that fine 14th century prose, it was "Retold by..." and
>NOT ONLY THAT, the illustrations were by =somebody else=. Howard Pyle, my
I'm not sure whether you're lamenting or (ironically) celebrating the
absence of that 14th-century prose, but ...
There isn't any 14th-century prose about Robin Hood, just ballad-songs and
snatches. And there are some Elizabethan plays (also mostly in verse, I
think). But apart from cameo appearances in Walter Scott novels and things
like that, most of the prose fiction about Robin Hood is Victorian or
later. There's really no equivalent to Malory's Morte d'Arthur, but the
single closest thing to a full prose rendition of the Robin Hood tale
that's lodged itself in the collective hindbrain, and which all later
writers either have to follow or play off on, is ...
Though it's a shame you couldn't find an edition with Pyle's own illustrations.