Exemplary Stories

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Composed throughout Cervantes's writing life and mentioned in Don Quixote, his Exemplary Stories are among the first and finest Spanish short stories: ranging from traditional tales of love to incisive moral fables. In The Little Gipsy Girl, an Italianate romance, the nomadic life is idealised through a love affair between the beautiful Preciosa and a nobleman who agrees to live as a gipsy to win her heart. Elsewhere, the intricacies of love are further explored in tales such as The Jealous Extremaduran, while ...

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Overview

Composed throughout Cervantes's writing life and mentioned in Don Quixote, his Exemplary Stories are among the first and finest Spanish short stories: ranging from traditional tales of love to incisive moral fables. In The Little Gipsy Girl, an Italianate romance, the nomadic life is idealised through a love affair between the beautiful Preciosa and a nobleman who agrees to live as a gipsy to win her heart. Elsewhere, the intricacies of love are further explored in tales such as The Jealous Extremaduran, while the picaresque Rinconette and Cortadillo, depicting the friendship between a card-sharper and a pickpocket, presents a very different insight into the lower classes of seventeenth-century Spain. Widely regarded as one of Cervantes's greatest stories, The Dogs' Colloquy brilliantly captures Spanish conversation and society in its depiction of a discussion between two dogs mysteriously granted the gift of speech.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140442489
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1986
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,473,684
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Miguel de Cervantes Saaverda's (1547-1616) life was occupied with a struggle to earn a livelihood from literature and humble government employment. As well as Don Quixote, he wrote a number of plays and a collection of highly accomplished short stories, Exemplary Tales (1613). Translated with an introduction by C. A. Jones

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Table of Contents

Exemplary StoriesAcknowledgments
Introduction

The Little Gipsy Girl
Rinconete and Cortadillo
The Glass Graduate
The Jealous Extremaduran
The Deceitful Marriage
The Dogs' Colloquy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    CERVANTES IS THE BEST!!!!!!!

    CERVANTES EXEMPLARY NOVELS IS ONLY SECOND TO THE GREATEST NOVEL EVER WRITTEN DON QUJIJOTE.I LOVE THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES THAT ARE TO BE FOUND IN THESE GREAT STORIES.CERVANTES IS THE GREATEST WRITER THE WORLD HAS EVER PRODUCED!!!!!!!

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