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Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)  Don Quixote What do I need to read? “Miguel de Cervantes” Pages 2671-2675 in Vol. C Don Quixote Pages 2680-2714,  Part 1: Chap. 1-5, 7-10 Pages 2779-2783 Part 2: Chap. 74 Who is Cervantes anyway? he  was  a Spanish  novelist,  playwright,  and  poet he  is considered  the  most  important figure  in Spanish  literature his  early  life was  full of adventure he  was  a soldier  in the  decisive  sea  battle  against  the  Turks  at Lepanto his  left hand  was  crippled he  was  later  captured  by  Turks  and  sold  into slavery  but ransom ed  after  5 years   his  later  life was  full of financial  problems,  tangled  business  affairs,  brushes  with the  law, and  an   affair with a married  woman he  was  unsucce s sful  as  a playwright he  took  a series  of government  positions he  found  this  difficult, unsatisfying he  was  briefly  in prison  for accounting  irregularities he  had  some  succes s  in poetry  and  short stories
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he  is greatly  honored  in Spain  with statues  and  festivals Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra What did he write? The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha this was originally conceived as a comic satire against the chivalric romances then in vogue the novel describes realistically what befalls an elderly knight who, his head bemused by  reading romances, sets out on his old horse Rocinante with his pragmatic squire Sancho Panza  to seek adventure in the process, he also finds love in the person of the peasant Dulcinea Part 1 was written in 1605 and was an immediate success multiple editions were published in Spain and abroad this brought him status but not riches
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