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Robin Hood

Children's books on the subject of Robin Hood are common in the first two decades of the nineteenth century in England, and songs from Leonard MacNally's comic opera, dating from 1784, were likewise current. But the outlaw of Sherwood Forest, with his libertarian and populist associations, also retains a political connotation for Mary Shelley's culture, particularly in the representation of the eccentric antiquarian Joseph Ritson (1752-1803), whose Robin Hood; a collection of all the ancient poems, songs, and ballads now extant, relative to that celebrated English outlaw: to which are prefixed, historical anecdotes of his life was first published in 1795.