Robin Hood: Selected Resources
An Exhibition August 26 - December
From his earliest mention in late medieval writings, Robin Hood
has enjoyed almost mythic status. His career has been chronicled
in May Day games, dramatic works, ballads, songs, and more recently
in operas and films. Stories of Robin Hood have been translated
into a wide variety of languages, including Romance, Germanic, and
Scandinavian languages. Scholars do not always agree whether there
was a historical Robin Hood who inspired the legendary tales, but
some of the most familiar aspects of his life-Maid Marian, Friar
Tuck, Robin's aristocratic background, his association with Richard
the Lion Heart and Prince John, and even his redistribution of wealth
from the rich to the poor-appear to be later additions to the early
The books in these display cases attest to the continued popularity
of Robin Hood and to the variety of editions, chapbooks, and writings
about his career. The noted Brandywine illustrators, N. C. Wyeth
and Howard Pyle, have contributed to the Robin Hood corpus through
the written word and celebrated illustrations. Douglas Fairbanks,
Jr., Errol Flynn, Mel Brooks, and Kevin Costner have all lent their
dramatic talents to developing the heroic and comic possibilities
of the "prince of thieves." A sampling of renowned scholars
of the Robin Hood legend and of earlier literature also appears
in these cases.
Selected Editions of Robin Hood
Adventures of Robin Hood with 16 plates in colour. 100 Illustrations
and Text based on the First National Pictures' Technicolor Production
"The Advenures of Robin Hood." London: Ward, Lock & Co.,
Robin Hood. A Pop-Up Rhyme. New York, Viking Penguin, 1993.
Famous Exploits of Robin Hood. Penrith: Printed by Jose. H. Allison,
Fenn, G. Manville.
Young Robin Hood. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Co., 1900.
Robin Hood and the men of the Greenwood: with 16 illustrations
in colour by Walter Crane. Edinhugh and London: T.D. and E.C. Jack, 1912.
Green, Roger Lancelyn.
The Adventures of Robin Hood. New York: Penguin Books, 1972.
Hoffman, Daniel G.
A Little Geste and other poems. New York: Oxford University Press,
Life & Ballads of Robin Hood. London: Milner and Company,
The Outlaws of Sherwood. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1988.
Norris, Charles G.
A Gest of Robin Hood. The Twentiy-ninth Grove Play of the Bohemian
Club of San Francisco. San Francisco: Bohemian Club, 1929.
Sherwood or Robin Hood and the Three Kings. A Play in Five Acts.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1911.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. New York: Charles Scribner's
Bold Robin Hood and His Outlaw Band.
Penned and Pictured by Louis Rhead. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1912.
Robin Hood and his Merry Outlaws. Retold From the Old Ballads
by J. Walker McSpadden and Charles Wilson with illustrations by N. C.
Wyeth. London: Associated Newspapers, Ltd., 1921.
Robin Hood. Printed in Japan, 1982.
Robin Hood : Prince of Thieves. [videorecording] Burbank,
CA: Warner Home Video, c2003.
Robin Hood [videorecording] [Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corporation]
; story by Elton Thomas ; directed by Allan Dwan. [New York] Kino International
Robin Hood (Motion picture: 1973). Burbank, Calif.: Walt Disney
Home Video : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, .
Robin Hood: Men in Tights [videorecording]; screenplay
by Mel Brooks & Evan Chandler & J. David Shapiro ; produced and
directed by Mel Brooks. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Fox Video, c1997.
Song of Robin Hood; selected & edited by Anne Malcolmson ;
music arranged by Grace Castagnetta ; designed & illustrated by Virginia
Lee Burton. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1947.
Walt Disney Productions presents Robin Hood and the Great Coach Robbery.
New York: Random House, 1974.
For Further Research
Robin Hood. The Many Faces of that Celebrated English Outlaw. Oldenburg,
Germany: Bis, 1995.
Hahn, Thomas, editor.
Robin Hood in Popular Culture: Violence, Transgression, and Justice.
Cambridge, D.S. Brewer, 2000.
Robin Hood. A Complete Study of the English Outlaw. Cambridge MA:
Phillips, Helen, editor.
Robin Hood. Medieval and Post-Medieval. Dublin, Ireland ; Portland,
OR : Four Courts Press, 2005.
Imagining Robin Hood. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Potter, Lois, editor.
Playing Robin Hood. The Legend as Performance in Five Centuries.
Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1998.
Robin Hood Legend. Tokyo: Kenkyusha Ltd., 1988.