Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


Born
in Alcalá de Henares, Spain
September 19, 1547

Died
April 23, 1616

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His novel Don Quixote is often considered his magnum opus, as well as the first modern novel.
It is assumed that Miguel de Cervantes was born in Alcalá de Henares. His father was Rodrigo de Cervantes, a surgeon of cordoban descent. Little is known of his mother Leonor de Cortinas, except that she was a native of Arganda del Rey.
In 1569, Cervantes moved to Italy, where he served as a valet to Giulio Acquaviva, a wealthy priest who was elevated to cardinal the next year. By then, Cervantes had enlisted as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment and continued his military life until 1575, when he was captured by Algerian corsairs. He was then released on ranso
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“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
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“The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.”
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Fourth Quarter 2014 Long Read

1862, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 1463 pages
 
  35 votes, 20.3%

 
  25 votes, 14.5%

1954, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1178 pages
 
  23 votes, 13.4%

1872, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages
 
  20 votes, 11.6%

 
  17 votes, 9.9%

1874, The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, 723 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.4%

800 BC, The Iliad by Homer, 683 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.4%

1957, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.2%

1993, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 1474 pages
 
  8 votes, 4.7%

1996, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 1079 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.1%

 
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