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No Ordinary Man: The Life and Times of Miguel de Cervantes

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"A fascinating story."—Choice
"A remarkable achievement."—Sunday Herald
For the general reader, as well as students and historians, this absorbing study chronicles the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616). World-renowned as the author of Don Quixote, the "Spanish Shakespeare" led an adventurous and fruitful life that encompassed widely disparate roles—spy, lover, soldier, hostage, tax ...
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Overview


"A fascinating story."—Choice
"A remarkable achievement."—Sunday Herald
For the general reader, as well as students and historians, this absorbing study chronicles the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616). World-renowned as the author of Don Quixote, the "Spanish Shakespeare" led an adventurous and fruitful life that encompassed widely disparate roles—spy, lover, soldier, hostage, tax collector, poet, playwright, and, most notably, creator of the first European novel.
This biography is based on new original research, and incorporates previously unpublished material on Cervantes' long period of captivity in Algiers; also, his involvement with piracy in the Mediterranean and with espionage and the Spanish Armada; and his work as an agent of the Spanish government. Containing significant details never before available in English, it is an important contribution to the understanding of a unique literary figure.
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Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), somewhere between Renaissance man and jack-of-all-trades, underwent his own implausible reversals of fortune and twists of fate before he inflicted the same on a fictional knight of La Mancha as McCrory illustrates in this serviceable biography. After fleeing Spain as a young man because of a duel, Cervantes briefly landed in Italy and joined the army in time for the decisive naval battle of Lepanto against the Ottoman Empire. What should have been a comparatively triumphant return to Spain by a wounded veteran with a recommendation from the celebrated commander Don John of Austria, however, turned upside down when he and his brother were captured by Algerian pirates and held for ransom for four years. Finally returned to Spain after a last-minute reprieve from the galleys, Cervantes went from one job to another, serving as court petitioner, civil servant and itinerant tax collector, and suffering two terms of imprisonment over financial dealings. Success and fame came late in life, after Cervantes had attempted a little poetry and then embarked on picaresque fictions, including arguably the last work of chivalry and the first modern novel. Compared with his contemporary Shakespeare, Cervantes has a relatively complete documentary record, although McCrory (head of Hispanic studies at American International University in London) must caulk over the gaps in cause and motive with inference and supposition. Nonetheless, this biography incorporates recent research and rounds out the basic facts of Cervantes's life with political and economic information, from the workings of Philip II's court to the massive financing of the Armada, but fails to bring to life the vivid literary scene of the time. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Not many know that Don Quixote de la Mancha was an instant best seller in 17th-century Spain, although unlike today's best-selling authors, Miguel de Cervantes did not reap many financial rewards. Cervantes's life was un vaiven, a pendulum swing of experience that ranged over his occupations as soldier and spy, diplomat and then poet and artist. Wounded in the Battle of Lepanto during Spain's war with the Ottoman Empire, Cervantes was imprisoned by Algerian pirates before being ransomed to return home to serve as a government agent until the death of Philip II inspired a commemorative sonnet and awakened his impulse to write. This incredible life is re-created in this biography by McCrory, former head of Hispanic studies at the American International University in London and author of six volumes of poetry. McCrory's portrait of Cervantes is the most comprehensive in over a decade. Much of his data is owed to scholar Krzysztof Sliwa of Indiana University, whose research uncovered some previously unused documentation related to Cervantes and his family. McCrory blends Sliwa's findings with his own thorough exploration of Spain's history, especially its golden age, his study of other major biographies of Cervantes, and his painstaking examination of Cervantes's work. The result is a thoroughgoing and credible biography that opts for carefully researched conclusions over hearsay. The rich background in Spanish history will be a plus for many readers, and the family tree that McCrory includes is fascinating. Should academic and public libraries consider another biography of Cervantes? Yes, for the lives of the great are always worth reconsidering, and this is one of the few current Cervantes biographies available in English.-Nedra C. Evers, Sacramento P.L., CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720610857
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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