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Cover of Thomas Love Peacock's Maid Marian (1822)

Maid Marian was published in 1822 and written by Thomas Love Peacock. It is one of the earliest examples of Robin Hood in novel format. The majority of this novella was written in 1818, predating Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (1820). Peacock noted, "This little work, with the exception of the three last chapters, was written in the autumn of 1818." Peacock's claim refers to the delay in writing due to his position with the East India Company.  His note indicates to readers that Maid Marian is original and not derivative of the more popular Ivanhoe.[1]


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