The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle, first published in 1883, is one of the top classic books. While its official title is The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, it has been shortened here to reflect popular usage. In this work, Pyle distilled many legends and ballads concerning the mythical Robin Hood and tailored them to be suitable to a child audience. While none of the tales in the book were Pyle's own invention, he wove them together to form a unified story. Robin Hood's dashing acts of wealth redistribution (from the rich to the poor) have captured the imagination and fascination of millions of delighted readers through the ages.