The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire is an 1883 novel by the American illustrator and writer Howard Pyle. Consisting of a series of episodes in the story of the English outlaw Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, the novel compiles traditional material into a coherent narrative in a colorful, invented "old English" idiom that preserves some flavor of the ballads, and adapts it for children. The novel is notable for taking the subject of Robin Hood, which had been increasingly popular through the 19th century, in a new direction that influenced later writers, artists, and filmmakers through the next century.
Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853—November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he spent the last year of his life in Florence, Italy. In 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. After 1901, he founded his own school of art and illustration, named the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The scholar Henry C. Pitz later used the term Brandywine School for the illustration artists and Wyeth family artists of the Brandywine region, several of whom had studied with Pyle. Pyle's home and studio in Wilmington, where he taught his students, is still standing and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In the middle of the crowd of vehicles， with an omnibus before them， and a brewer's dray behind them， came a line of three donkey-carts， heaped high with bundles and articles of gipsy-gear. The foremost was conducted by a middle-aged woman of tall， commanding aspect， and expression both cunning and fierce. She walked by the donkey's head carrying a short stick， with which she struck him now and then， but which she oftener waved over his head like the truncheon of an excited marshal on the battle-field， accompanying its movements now with loud cries to the animal， now with loud response to the chaff of the omnibus conductor， the dray driver， and the tradesmen in carts about her.