Miguel de Cervantes

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Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes was born near Madrid in 1547. He became a soldier in 1570 and was badly wounded in the Battle of Lepanto. Captured by the Turks in 1575, de Cervantes spent five years in prison. He was freed in 1580 and returned home. De Cervantes finally achieved literary success in his later years, publishing the first part of Don Quixote in 1605. He then wrote part 2 of Don Quixote in 1615. He died in 1616.


(1547) Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra(1569) Cervantes moved to Rome (1572) - After suffering from a massive gun wound, Cervantes continued his soldier life(1575) - Ater getting captured by pirates a couple months ago, Cervantes left the army to do better things(1605) - Don Quixote part 1 was published(1615)- Don Quixote part 2 was published(1616)- Cervantes dies at the age of68

One of the most famous figures in Spanish literature, Miguel De Cervantes was a poet, playwright, novelist and the creator of Don Quixote from Don Quixote de la Mancha, an unforgettable character of Spanish literature. Published when Cervantes was 58 years old, the book became extremely successful and highly acclaimed, casting a profound influence on European literature. The theme of the book explores the universal nature of human beings. Miguel served as a soldier in a Spanish Regiment in Naples during 1570 after studying literature and philosophy in Italy.

Lasting Impact

Many consider Cervants novel Don Quixote “the first great novel of world literature,” while the Mexican author Carlos Fuentes calls Cervantes the “founding father” of Latin American literature. The novel form, according to some late 20th-century critics, has no one origin but began to exist in different countries at different times and for different reasons. Nonetheless, Cervantes’s novel, with its innovations to Spanish literature, is outstanding in its creation of a new worldview. Picasso made a work of art callled "Don Quixote".


“White, David Allen, and White David Allen. "Miguel De Cervantes." Critical Survey Of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition (2010): 1. Biography Reference Center. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. < http://web.a.ebscohost.com/brc/detail?sid=bbbb0980-71a9-439c-8f5c-19d4da2cffbd%40sessionmgr4005&vid=4&hid=4212&bdata=JnNpdGU9YnJjLWxpdmU%3d#db=b6h&AN=103331CSLF11200140000079“Miguel de Cervantes ”“Reed, Ryan. "Miguel de Cervantes." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2014..

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