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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


Born
in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain
July 11, 1547

Died
April 23, 1616

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Miguel de Cervantes y Cortinas, later 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 rele
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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.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

“The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

“The proof of the pudding is the eating.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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April 2018 Short Story Poll

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  53 votes, 14.8%

 
  45 votes, 12.5%

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  39 votes, 10.9%

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  33 votes, 9.2%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  31 votes, 8.6%

 
  29 votes, 8.1%

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  25 votes, 7.0%

Fences by August Wilson, 101 pages, 1986
 
  20 votes, 5.6%

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  16 votes, 4.5%

 
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  12 votes, 3.3%

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