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Exemplary Stories

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More popular in their day than Don Quxixote, Cervantes's Exemplary Stories (1613) surprise, challenge and delight. Ranging from the picaresque to the satirical, the Exemplary Stories defy the conventions of heroic chivalric literature through a combination of comic irony, moral ambiguity, realism, and sheer mirth. This new translation captures the full vigor of Cervantes's wit and make available two rarely printed gems, "The Illustrious Kitchen Maid" and "The Power of Blood."

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Overview


More popular in their day than Don Quxixote, Cervantes's Exemplary Stories (1613) surprise, challenge and delight. Ranging from the picaresque to the satirical, the Exemplary Stories defy the conventions of heroic chivalric literature through a combination of comic irony, moral ambiguity, realism, and sheer mirth. This new translation captures the full vigor of Cervantes's wit and make available two rarely printed gems, "The Illustrious Kitchen Maid" and "The Power of Blood."

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199555000
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 681,370
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra was born in Spain in 1547 to a family once proud and influential but now fallen on hard times. His father, a poor barber-surgeon, wandered up and down Spain in search of work. Educated as a child by the Jesuits in Seville, the creator of Don Quixote grew up to follow the career of a professional soldier. He was wounded at Lepanto in 1571, captured by the Turks in 1575, imprisoned for five years, and was finally rescued by the Trinitarian friars in 1580. On his return to Spain he found his family more impoverished than ever before. Supporting his mother, two sisters, and an illegitimate daughter, he settled down to a literary career and had hopes of becoming a successful playwright, but just then the youthful Lope de Vega entered triumphantly to transform the Spanish theatre by his genius. Galatea, a pastoral romance, was published in 1585, the year of Cervantes’ marriage to Catalina de Palacios y Salazar Vozmediano. But it did not bring him an escape from poverty, and he was forced to become a roving commissary for the Spanish armada. This venture, which led to bankruptcy and jail, lasted for fifteen years. Although he never knew prosperity, Cervantes did gain a measure of fame during his lifetime, and Don Quixote and Sancho Panza were known all over the world. Part I of Don Quixote was published in 1605; in 1613, his Exemplary Novels appeared, and these picaresque tales of romantic adventure gained immediate popularity. Journey to Parnassas, a satirical review of his fellow Spanish poets, appeared in 1614, and Part II of Don Quixote in 1615 as well as Eight Plays and Eight Interludes. Miguel de Cervantes died on April 23, 1616, the same day as the death of Shakespeare—his English contemporary, his only peer.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Note on the Text and Translation
Select Bibliography
Chronology of Cervantes and his Times
Prologue 3
The Little Gipsy Girl 7
Rinconete and Cortadillo 71
The Glass Graduate 106
The Power of Blood 131
The Jealous Old Man from Extremadura 150
The Illustrious Kitchen Maid 185
The Deceitful Marriage 237
The Dialogue of the Dogs 250
Explanatory Notes 306
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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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