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Literary Qualities of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

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The first part of Don Quixote, which may have been conceived while Cervantes was in prison, was first printed in 1605 in Madrid by Juan de la Cuesta. In 1614 a second part was published by an unknown author who used the pseudonym Alonso Fernandez de Avellaneda. This bit of plagiarism, though not an unusual practice at the time, spurred Cervantes to complete his own sequel, which appeared the following year and is usually considered superior to the first part.

The unabridged Don Quixote is over a thousand pages. The book was probably never intended to be read in the modern manner: that is, straight through. The reader would be wise to read an adaptation or an abridged version before tackling this massive tome. Reviewer Amis suggests that group or family recitations of a chapter a night were, in all likelihood, the most that Cervantes expected anyone to manage. His...

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