Alan Halsey A Robin Hood Book

ISBN 13: 9780952189138

A Robin Hood Book

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A prose-poem/essay exploring historical and contemporary aspects of the Robin Hood stories.

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an act of super-construction, this Robin Hood lives because the language through which we know him is given new life through the artifice ... the language is childishly simple to begin with then gets progressively more involved, but look for the joins in vain. This is entertainment of a high order. -- Terrible Work 8, 1998

offers a conception of the past as a barely tapped resource ... a sense that through attention to language the past can be activated in new ways. (Jacket 12, 2000) BACK COVER: A Robin Hood Book subjects a familiar story to extended scrutiny. At one level a romantic children's narrative, the 'Littel Geste' (as one of the early ballads is called) offers possibilities for a reading of contemporary society. The outlaws of the greenwood serve as reference points for opposition to the current semi-feudal system. Halsey treats the castles and abbeys of medieval England as equivalents to business parks and quangos, places or forces which represent special interest with regard to the overall economy. Robin Hood is a people's hero who exposes and attacks those who use the law as an instrument for their own profit. -- Gavin Selerie

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Alan Halsey was born in London in 1949, earned a philosophy degree, London, 1972, and ran The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye 1979-97. He lived in Sheffield since 1997, working as a specialist bookseller and publishing West House Books. He married Geraldine Monk in 1998.

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