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Miguel de Cervantes

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Don Quixote | Part 2, Dedication and Prologue | Summary



The dedication is to Cervantes's benefactor and patron, the Count of Lemos. The prologue addresses the unauthorized publication of a second book about Don Quixote by an author who is hiding his identity. Cervantes openly mocks his imitator, then shares short allegories that allude to the difficulty of writing a book. He finishes by thanking the Count of Lemos and Cardinal Don Bernardo de Sandoval y Rojas and promising the publication of two forthcoming works.


Cervantes starts the second part of Don Quixote by letting his readers know, in no uncertain terms, that Alonso Fernández de Avellaneda's exploits of the lunatic knight and his squire are not sanctioned by their creator, nor are any of the things within the book true, including Cervantes's alleged jealousy of Lope de Vega, one of Spain's most celebrated writers. The prologue depicts Cervantes as confident in his work and completely unthreatened by any imitators.

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