A Hobgoblin's Bookstore
Do you want to learn more about Puck and other tricksters? Here is a collection of links to buy books, videos and DVDs featuring Puck, Robin Goodfellow and other related characters.
Many of the books and films listed here are available on Amazon.com and (for UK visitors) Amazon.co.uk. I've offered links to those sites where you can order the products. (With Amazon providing a small referral fee to your humble webmaster.) When ordering DVD and VHS tapes, please make sure that they will play on your machine. European videos and DVDs generally do not play in North American machines, and North American videos and DVDs usually don't work in European machines.
If you have any suggestions for books or films to include on this list, please e-mail me.
THE ARDEN SHAKESPEARE COMPLETE WORKS edited by Richard Proudfoot, Ann Thompson and David Scott
Kastan. All of William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets with good annotations for students.
THE ARDEN SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare, edited by Harold F. Brooks. A singular edition of Shakespeare's magical play featuring Puck.
THE RIVERSIDE SHAKESPEARE edited by G. Blackmore Evans, Harry Levin, Herschel Baker et al. Another set of William Shakespeare's complete works, including A Midsummer Night's Dream.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE by Jay L. Halio. This book from Manchester University Press tracks the history of the play in performance. It focuses on several 20th century productions and suggests many possible ways to stage the play.
ASIMOV'S GUIDE TO SHAKESPEARE by Isaac Asimov. Noted science fiction writer and scholar Isaac Asimov provides the historical background to Shakespeare's plays. The style is clear, accessible and full of love for the Bard.
PLAYING SHAKESPEARE: AN ACTOR'S GUIDE by John Barton. Although there's not much on A Midsummer Night's Dream, this is an essential work on how to play Shakespeare.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1935) directed by Max Reinhardt and William Deiterle. This movie version of the Dream features a very young Mickey Rooney as Puck and James Cagney as Bottom.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1981), music by Benjamin Britten. This is a staging of Britten's opera based on Shakespeare's play.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1999) directed by Michael Hoffman. This is an all-star production, although not a tremendously good one. Stanley Tucci does play a good Puck, older and more world-weary than usual. Rupert Everett and Michelle Pfeiffer are Oberon and Titania.
THE FAIRIES IN TRADITION AND LITERATURE by Katharine Briggs. The late Briggs is arguably the greatest 20th century fairy folklorist. This is one of her many examinations of the development of fairy legends and the many themes found in the stories.
AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAIRIES: HOBGOBLINS, BROWNIES, BOGIES & OTHER SUPERNATURAL CREATURES (also titled A DICTIONARY OF FAIRIES) by Katharine Briggs. This is an invaluable alphabethical listing of the characters and concepts in fairy folklore. Smart and knowledgable. It's also out of print, but used copies abound.
FAERIES: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Brian Froud and Alan Lee. It features pencil drawings and watercolours of the most interesting sprites around from two masters in the field. A modern classic.
GOOD FAERIES, BAD FAERIES by Brian Froud. Froud's at it again with a gallery of rogues including the Pishogue Pooka, A Perfidious Pook, and the ever-dreaded Foot Fungus Faery, and their more helpful counterparts such as the Helpful Hob and the Plant Sap Faery. Beautiful, and often witty, art and text. Perfect for any coffee table. Still, I can imagine Kipling's Puck grumbling "Butterfly wings, indeed!"
THE FAIRY-FAITH IN CELTIC COUNTRIES by Walter Y. Evans-Wentz. A classic for over a century, Evans-Wentz explores the belief in fairies that still existed at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
THE TRICKSTER: A STUDY IN AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY by Paul Radin. This book retells the Winnebago Trickster cycle and includes articles by Radin and Carl Jung. There's nothing on Puck, per se, but it's still a handy book to own.
THE FAIRY FAITH (2001) directed by John Walker. This Canadian documentary explores the belief in fairies in the Celtic countries - Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the east coast of Canada. It's enjoyable stuff and includes a small interview with Brian Froud.
PUCK OF POOK'S HILL by Rudyard Kipling. When two children play A Midsummer Night's Dream around a fairy ring, they summon Puck - the oldest old thing in England. Puck tells them stories about England's history and they meet characters from the past - Roman centurions, old Germanic gods, Norman knights and more. It's a children's classic.
THE SANDMAN: DREAM COUNTRY (BOOK THREE) Written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran and Malcolm Jones III. Four single issue, stand alone stories of the critically-acclaimed comic book series are collected in one volume. A frustrated writer holds a Greek muse hostage, see what cats dream about, a retired superhero contemplates death and the reason it's included here "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Shakespeare and company perform their classic play in front of the actual fairies, including Puck. Not intended for children.
THE SANDMAN: THE KINDLY ONES (BOOK NINE) Written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D'Israeli, Teddy Kristiansen, et al. The penultimate volume of the original series shows the downfall of Lord Morpheus. Mischief is caused by that pair of legendary troublemakers - Puck and Loki. Not intended for children.
JACK OF KINROWAN by Charles de Lint. Two novels from the master of urban fantasy - Jack the Giant-Killer and Drink Down the Moon - in one volume. Set in Ottawa, Canada, Jacky Rowan encounters many mythic characters including the Pook of Puxill.
THE IVORY AND THE HORN Written by Charles de Lint. This collection of modern-day fairy tales takes place in the fictional city of Newford. In "A Tempest in Her Eyes", Puck comes to town.
FAERIE TALE by Raymond E. Feist. When a family moves near a haunted wood, they meet a variety of legendary characters - including Puck. A horror novel of average quality.
ROBIN HOOD AND THE BEASTS OF SHERWOOD by Clayton
Emery (formerly published as The Tales of Robin Hood). New adventures
of Robin Hood that also feature magical characters, including Puck.
GARGOYLES - SEASON ONE DVD SET The episodes in this collection don't feature Puck in his fairy form. But they do feature a character who in later seasons turns out to be Puck in mortal form. Also, it sets up the following season which has appearances by Puck, Oberon, Titania and a whole host of fairy characters.
GARGOYLES - SEASON TWO, VOL. 1 DVD SET These episodes include "The Mirror", the first appearance of Puck in his fairy form as voiced by Star Trek's Brent Spiner. Oberon, Titania and other characters also appear in episodes such as the "Avalon" Trilogy.