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Title:
Don Quijote : a new translation, backgrounds and contexts, criticism
Author:
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616.
Uniform Title:
Don Quixote. English
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xviii, 861 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780393972818
Format :
Book

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"Backgrounds and Context" invites readers to explore the creative process that culminated in the publication of Don Quijote.nbsp; Included are selections from works parodied by Cervantes (Amadis of Gaul and Orlando Furioso) and a portion of the spurious sequel to Part 1 written by Fernándes de Avellaneda."Criticisms" presents fifteen major interpretations of both the novel and selected episodes, describing Cervantes' intellectual milieu, revealing how he infused new life into the literary modes and motifs he had inherited, and illustrating the fundamental importance of Don Quijote in the history of modern fiction.


Author Notes

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was born in Alcala de Henares, Spain, in 1547. In 1585, a few months after his marriage to Catalina de Salazar, he published his first major work as an author, the pastoral novel La Galatea which was poorly received.

Cervantes became a tax collector in Granada in 1594, but was imprisoned in 1597 due to money problems with the government. Folklore maintains that while in prison, he wrote his most famous novel, Don Quixote, which was an immediate success upon publication in 1605. After several years of writing short novels and plays, Cervantes was spurred to write the sequel to Don Quixote in 1615 when an unauthorized sequel appeared to great acclaim. Though Cervantes' sequel was rushed and flawed, Don Quixote remains a powerful symbol that has endured to present times in many forms.

Cervantes died on April 22, 1616, at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)