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Don Quixote
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de, 1547-1616.
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Don Quixote. English
First edition.
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New York : Ecco, [2003]

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xxxv, 940 pages ; 25 cm

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Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece, in an expanded P.S. edition

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. You haven't experienced Don Quixote in English until you've read this masterful translation.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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)



Don Quixote Part One of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha Chapter One Which describes the condition and profession of the famous gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing. An occasional stew, beef more often than lamb, hash most nights, eggs and abstinence on Saturdays, lentils on Fridays, sometimes squab as a treat on Sundays -- these consumed three-fourths of his income. The rest went for a light woolen tunic and velvet breeches and hose of the same material for feast days, while weekdays were honored with dun-colored coarse cloth. He had a housekeeper past forty, a niece not yet twenty, and a man-of-all-work who did everything from saddling the horse to pruning the trees. Our gentleman was approximately fifty years old; his complexion was weathered, his flesh scrawny, his face gaunt, and he was a very early riser and a great lover of the hunt. Some claim that his family name was Quixada, or Quexada, for there is a certain amount of disagreement among the authors who write of this matter, although reliable conjecture seems to indicate that his name was Quexana. But this does not matter very much to our story; in its telling there is absolutely no deviation from the truth. And so, let it be said that this aforementioned gentleman spent his times of leisure -- which meant most of the year -- reading books of chivalry with so much devotion and enthusiasm that he forgot almost completely about the hunt and even about the administration of his estate; and in his rash curiosity and folly he went so far as to sell acres of arable land in order to buy books of chivalry to read, and he brought as many of them as he could into his house; and he thought none was as fine as those composed by the worthy Feliciano de Silva, because the clarity of his prose and complexity of his language seemed to him more valuable than pearls, in particular when he read the declarations and missives of love, where he would often find written: The reason for the unreason to which my reason turns so weakens my reason that with reason I complain of thy beauty. And also when he read: ... the heavens on high divinely heighten thy divinity with the stars and make thee deserving of the deserts thy greatness deserves. With these words and phrases the poor gentleman lost his mind, and he spent sleepless nights trying to understand them and extract their meaning, which Aristotle himself, if he came back to life for only that purpose, would not have been able to decipher or understand. Our gentleman was not very happy with the wounds that Don Belianís gave and received, because he imagined that no matter how great the physicians and surgeons who cured him, he would still have his face and entire body covered with scars and marks. But, even so, he praised the author for having concluded his book with the promise of unending adventure, and he often felt the desire to take up his pen and give it the conclusion promised there; and no doubt he would have done so, and even published it, if other greater and more persistent thoughts had not prevented him from doing so. He often had discussions with the village priest -- who was a learned man, a graduate of Sigüenza -- regarding who had been the greater knight, Palmerín of England or Amadís of Gaul; but Master Nicolás, the village barber, said that none was the equal of the Knight of Phoebus, and if any could be compared to him, it was Don Galaor, the brother of Amadís of Gaul, because he was moderate in everything: a knight who was not affected, not as weepy as his brother, and incomparable in questions of courage. In short, our gentleman became so caught up in reading that he spent his nights reading from dusk till dawn and his days reading from sunrise to sunset, and so with too little sleep and too much reading his brains dried up, causing him to lose his mind. His fantasy filled with everything he had read in his books, enchantments as well as combats, battles, challenges, wounds, courtings, loves, torments, and other impossible foolishness, and he became so convinced in his imagination of the truth of all the countless grandiloquent and false inventions he read that for him no history in the world was truer. He would say that El Cid Ruy Díaz4 had been a very good knight but could not compare to Amadís, the Knight of the Blazing Sword, who with a single backstroke cut two ferocious and colossal giants in half. He was fonder of Bernardo del Carpio because at Roncesvalles he had killed the enchanted Roland by availing himself of the tactic of Hercules when he crushed Antaeus, the son of Earth, in his arms. He spoke highly of the giant Morgante because, although he belonged to the race of giants, all of them haughty and lacking in courtesy, he alone was amiable and well-behaved. But, more than any of the others, he admired Reinaldos de Montalbán, above all when he saw him emerge from his castle and rob anyone he met, and when he crossed the sea and stole the idol of Mohammed made all of gold, as recounted in his history. He would have traded his housekeeper, and even his niece, for the chance to strike a blow at the traitor Guenelon. The truth is that when his mind was completely gone, he had the strangest thought any lunatic in the world ever had, which was that it seemed reasonable and necessary to him, both for the sake of his honor and as a service to the nation ... Don Quixote . Copyright © by Miguel Cervantes. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Harold Bloom
Translator's Note to the Readerp. xvii
Introduction: Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedrap. xxi
First Part of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha
Prologuep. 3
To the Book of Don Quixote of La Manchap. 11
Part One of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Manchap. 19
Chapter I Which describes the condition and profession of the famous gentleman Don Quixote of La Manchap. 19
Chapter II Which tells of the first sally that the ingenious Don Quixote made from his native landp. 24
Chapter III Which recounts the amusing manner in which Don Quixote was dubbed a knightp. 29
Chapter IV Concerning what happened to our knight when he left the innp. 35
Chapter V In which the account of our knight's misfortune continuesp. 41
Chapter VI Regarding the beguiling and careful examination carried out by the priest and the barber of the library of our ingenious gentlemanp. 45
Chapter VII Regarding the second sally of our good knight Don Quixote of La Manchap. 53
Chapter VIII Regarding the good fortune of the valorous Don Quixote in the fearful and never imagined adventure of the windmills, along with other events worthy of joyful remembrancep. 58
Part Two of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha
Chapter IX In which the stupendous battle between the gallant Basque and the valiant Manchegan is concluded and comes to an endp. 65
Chapter X Concerning what further befell Don Quixote with the Basque and the danger in which he found himself with a band of Galicians from Yanguasp. 70
Chapter XI Regarding what befell Don Quixote with some goatherdsp. 75
Chapter XII Regarding what a goatherd recounted to those who were with Don Quixotep. 81
Chapter XIII In which the tale of the shepherdess Marcela is concluded, and other events are relatedp. 86
Chapter XIV In which are found the desperate verses of the deceased shepherd, along with other unexpected occurrencesp. 94
Part Three of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha
Chapter XV In which is recounted the unfortunate adventure that Don Quixote happened upon when he happened upon some heartless Yanguesansp. 102
Chapter XVI Regarding what befell the ingenious gentleman in the inn that he imagined to be a castlep. 109
Chapter XVII Which continues the account of the innumerable difficulties that the brave Don Quixote and his good squire, Sancho Panza, experienced in the inn that, to his misfortune, he thought was a castlep. 116
Chapter XVIII Which relates the words that passed between Sancho Panza and his master, Don Quixote, and other adventures that deserve to be recountedp. 124
Chapter XIX Regarding the discerning words that Sancho exchanged with his master, and the adventure he had with a dead body, as well as other famous eventsp. 134
Chapter XX Regarding the most incomparable and singular adventure ever concluded with less danger by a famous knight, and which was concluded by the valiant Don Quixote of La Manchap. 141
Chapter XXI Which relates the high adventure and rich prize of the helmet of Mambrino, as well as other things that befell our invincible knightp. 152
Chapter XXII Regarding the liberty that Don Quixote gave to many unfortunate men who, against their wills, were being taken where they did not wish to gop. 163
Chapter XXIII Regarding what befell the famous Don Quixote in the Sierra Morena, which was one of the strangest adventures recounted in this true historyp. 173
Chapter XXIV In which the adventure of the Sierra Morena continuesp. 182
Chapter XXV Which tells of the strange events that befell the valiant knight of La Mancha in the Sierra Morena, and of his imitation of the penance of Beltenebrosp. 190
Chapter XXVI In which the elegant deeds performed by an enamored Don Quixote in the Sierra Morena continuep. 205
Chapter XXVII Concerning how the priest and the barber carried out their plan, along with other matters worthy of being recounted in this great historyp. 212
Part Four of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha
Chapter XXVIII Which recounts the novel and agreeable adventure that befell the priest and the barber in the Sierra Morenap. 227
Chapter XXIX Which recounts the amusing artifice and arrangement that was devised for freeing our enamored knight from the harsh penance he had imposed on himselfp. 239
Chapter XXX Which recounts the good judgment of the beautiful Dorotea, along with other highly diverting and amusing mattersp. 249
Chapter XXXI Regarding the delectable words that passed between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, his squire, as well as other eventsp. 258
Chapter XXXII Which recounts what occurred in the inn to the companions of Don Quixotep. 266
Chapter XXXIII Which recounts the novel of The Man Who Was Recklessly Curiousp. 272
Chapter XXXIV In which the novel of The Man Who Was Recklessly Curious continuesp. 289
Chapter XXXV In which the novel of The Man Who Was Recklessly Curious is concludedp. 305
Chapter XXXVI Which recounts the fierce and uncommon battle that Don Quixote had with some skins of red wine, along with other unusual events that occurred in the innp. 313
Chapter XXXVII In which the history of the famous Princess Micomicona continues, along with other diverting adventuresp. 321
Chapter XXXVIII Which tells of the curious discourse on arms and letters given by Don Quixotep. 330
Chapter XXXIX In which the captive recounts his life and adventuresp. 334
Chapter XL In which the history of the captive continuesp. 341
Chapter XLI In which the captive continues his talep. 352
Chapter XLII Which recounts further events at the inn as well as many other things worth knowingp. 368
Chapter XLIII Which recounts the pleasing tale of the muledriver's boy, along with other strange events that occurred at the innp. 374
Chapter XLIV In which the remarkable events at the inn continuep. 383
Chapter XLV In which questions regarding the helmet of Mambrino and the packsaddle are finally resolved, as well as other entirely true adventuresp. 391
Chapter XLVI Regarding the notable adventure of the officers of the Holy Brotherhood, and the great ferocity of our good knight Don Quixotep. 398
Chapter XLVII Regarding the strange manner in which Don Quixote of La Mancha was enchanted, and other notable eventsp. 405
Chapter XLVIII In which the canon continues to discuss books of chivalry, as well as other matters worthy of his ingenuityp. 414
Chapter XLIX Which recounts the clever conversation that Sancho Panza had with his master, Don Quixotep. 421
Chapter L Regarding the astute arguments that Don Quixote had with the canon, as well as other mattersp. 428
Chapter LI Which recounts what the goatherd told to all those who were taking Don Quixote homep. 433
Chapter LII Regarding the quarrel that Don Quixote had with the goatherd, as well as the strange adventure of the penitents, which he brought to a successful conclusion by the sweat of his browp. 438
Second Part of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha
Dedicationp. 451
Prologue to the Readerp. 455
Chapter I Regarding what transpired when the priest and the barber discussed his illness with Don Quixotep. 459
Chapter II Which deals with the notable dispute that Sancho Panza had with Don Quixote's niece and housekeeper, as well as other amusing topicsp. 469
Chapter III Regarding the comical discussion held by Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, and Bachelor Sanson Carrascop. 473
Chapter IV In which Sancho Panza satisfies Bachelor Sanson Carrasco with regard to his doubts and questions, with other events worthy of being known and recountedp. 480
Chapter V Concerning the clever and amusing talk that passed between Sancho Panza and his wife, Teresa Panza, and other events worthy of happy memoryp. 485
Chapter VI Regarding what transpired between Don Quixote and his niece and housekeeper, which is one of the most important chapters in the entire historyp. 491
Chapter VII Regarding the conversation that Don Quixote had with his squire, as well as other exceptionally famous eventsp. 496
Chapter VIII Which recounts what befell Don Quixote as he was going to see his lady Dulcinea of Tobosop. 502
Chapter IX Which recounts what will soon be seenp. 509
Chapter X Which recounts Sancho's ingenuity in enchanting the lady Dulcinea, and other events as ridiculous as they are truep. 513
Chapter XI Regarding the strange adventure that befell the valiant Don Quixote with the cart or wagon of The Assembly of Deathp. 521
Chapter XII Regarding the strange adventure that befell the valiant Don Quixote and the courageous Knight of the Mirrorsp. 526
Chapter XIII In which the adventure of the Knight of the Wood continues, along with the perceptive, unprecedented, and amiable conversation between the two squiresp. 533
Chapter XIV In which the adventure of the Knight of the Wood continuesp. 538
Chapter XV Which recounts and relates the identity of the Knight of the Mirrors and his squirep. 548
Chapter XVI Regarding what befell Don Quixote with a prudent knight of La Manchap. 550
Chapter XVII In which the heights and extremes to which the remarkable courage of Don Quixote could and did go is revealed, along with the happily concluded adventure of the lionsp. 558
Chapter XVIII Regarding what befell Don Quixote in the castle or house of the Knight of the Green Coat, along with other bizarre mattersp. 567
Chapter XIX Which recounts the adventure of the enamored shepherd, and other truly pleasing mattersp. 576
Chapter XX Which recounts the wedding of rich Camacho, as well as what befell poor Basiliop. 582
Chapter XXI Which continues the account of the wedding of Camacho, along with other agreeable eventsp. 591
Chapter XXII Which recounts the great adventure of the Cave of Montesinos that lies in the heart of La Mancha, which was successfully concluded by the valiant Don Quixote of La Manchap. 597
Chapter XXIII Regarding the remarkable things that the great Don Quixote said he saw in the depths of the Cave of Montesinos, so impossible and extraordinary that this adventure has been considered apocryphalp. 604
Chapter XXIV In which a thousand trifles are recounted, as irrelevant as they are necessary to a true understanding of this great historyp. 614
Chapter XXV In which note is made of the braying adventure and the diverting adventure of the puppet master, along with the memorable divinations of the soothsaying monkeyp. 620
Chapter XXVI In which the diverting adventure of the puppet master continues, along with other things that are really very worthwhilep. 628
Chapter XXVII In which the identities of Master Pedro and his monkey are revealed, as well as the unhappy outcome of the braying adventure, which Don Quixote did not conclude as he had wished and intendedp. 636
Chapter XXVIII Regarding matters that Benengeli says will be known to the reader if he reads with attentionp. 642
Chapter XXIX Regarding the famous adventure of the enchanted boatp. 647
Chapter XXX Regarding what befell Don Quixote with a beautiful huntressp. 653
Chapter XXXI Which deals with many great thingsp. 657
Chapter XXXII Regarding the response that Don Quixote gave to his rebuker, along with other events both grave and comicalp. 665
Chapter XXXIII Regarding the delightful conversation that the duchess and her ladies had with Sancho Panza, one that is worthy of being read and rememberedp. 677
Chapter XXXIV Which recounts the information that was received regarding how the peerless Dulcinea of Toboso was to be disenchanted, which is one of the most famous adventures in this bookp. 683
Chapter XXXV In which the information that Don Quixote received regarding the disenchantment of Dulcinea continues, along with other remarkable eventsp. 690
Chapter XXXVI Which recounts the strange and unimaginable adventure of the Dolorous Duenna, also known as the Countess Trifaldi, as well as a letter that Sancho Panza wrote to his wife, Teresa Panzap. 697
Chapter XXXVII In which the famous adventure of the Dolorous Duenna continuesp. 702
Chapter XXXVIII Which recounts the tale of misfortune told by the Dolorous Duennap. 704
Chapter XXXIX In which the Countess Trifaldi continues her stupendous and memorable historyp. 710
Chapter XL Regarding matters that concern and pertain to this adventure and this memorable historyp. 713
Chapter XLI Regarding the arrival of Clavileno, and the conclusion of this lengthy adventurep. 718
Chapter XLII Regarding the advice Don Quixote gave to Sancho Panza before he went to govern the insula, along with other matters of consequencep. 727
Chapter XLIII Regarding the second set of precepts that Don Quixote gave to Sancho Panzap. 732
Chapter XLIV How Sancho Panza was taken to his governorship, and the strange adventure that befell Don Quixote in the castlep. 737
Chapter XLV Regarding how the great Sancho Panza took possession of his insula, and the manner in which he began to governp. 746
Chapter XLVI Regarding the dreadful belline and feline fright received by Don Quixote in the course of his wooing by the enamored Altisidorap. 753
Chapter XLVII In which the account of how Sancho Panza behaved in his governorship continuesp. 757
Chapter XLVIII Regarding what transpired between Don Quixote and Dona Rodriguez, duenna to the duchess, as well as other events worthy of being recorded and remembered foreverp. 765
Chapter XLIX Regarding what befell Sancho Panza as he patrolled his insulap. 772
Chapter L Which declares the identities of the enchanters and tormentors who beat the duenna and pinched and scratched Don Quixote, and recounts what befell the page who carried the letter to Teresa Sancha, the wife of Sancho Panzap. 782
Chapter LI Regarding the progress of Sancho Panza's governorship, and other matters of comparable interestp. 790
Chapter LII Which recounts the adventure of the second Dolorous, or Anguished, Duenna, also called Dona Rodriguezp. 798
Chapter LIII Regarding the troubled end and conclusion of the governorship of Sancho Panzap. 804
Chapter LIV Which deals with matters related to this history and to no otherp. 809
Chapter LV Regarding certain things that befell Sancho on the road, and others that are really quite remarkablep. 817
Chapter LVI Regarding the extraordinary and unprecedented battle that Don Quixote of La Mancha had with the footman Tosilos in defense of the daughter of the duenna Dona Rodriguezp. 823
Chapter LVII Which recounts how Don Quixote took his leave of the duke, and what befell him with the clever and bold Altisidora, the duchess's maidenp. 828
Chapter LVIII Which recounts how so many adventures rained down on Don Quixote that there was hardly room for all of themp. 832
Chapter LIX Which recounts an extraordinary incident that befell Don Quixote and can be considered an adventurep. 842
Chapter LX Concerning what befell Don Quixote on his way to Barcelonap. 849
Chapter LXI Regarding what befell Don Quixote when he entered Barcelona, along with other matters that have more truth in them than witp. 861
Chapter LXII Which relates the adventure of the enchanted head, as well as other foolishness that must be recountedp. 864
Chapter LXIII Regarding the evil that befell Sancho Panza on his visit to the galleys, and the remarkable adventure of the beautiful Moriscap. 875
Chapter LXIV Which deals with the adventure that caused Don Quixote more sorrow than any others that had befallen him so farp. 884
Chapter LXV Which reveals the identity of the Knight of the White Moon, and recounts the release of Don Gregorio, as well as other mattersp. 888
Chapter LXVI Which recounts what will be seen by whoever reads it, or heard by whoever listens to it being readp. 893
Chapter LXVII Regarding the decision Don Quixote made to become a shepherd and lead a pastoral life until the year of his promise had passed, along with other incidents that are truly pleasurable and entertainingp. 898
Chapter LXVIII Regarding the porcine adventure that befell Don Quixotep. 902
Chapter LXIX Concerning the strangest and most remarkable event to befall Don Quixote in the entire course of this great historyp. 907
Chapter LXX Which follows chapter LXIX, and deals with matters necessary to the clarity of this historyp. 912
Chapter LXXI What befell Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho, as they were traveling to their villagep. 919
Chapter LXXII Concerning how Don Quixote and Sancho arrived in their villagep. 924
Chapter LXXIII Regarding the omens Don Quixote encountered as he entered his village, along with other events that adorn and lend credit to this great historyp. 929
Chapter LXXIV Which deals with how Don Quixote fell ill, and the will he made, and his deathp. 934

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