LA REUNI”N DE
FORT LAUDERDALE 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE 2005 REUNION - PAGE 11
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If a remark which Cervantes himself makes in the prologue of Don
Quixote is to be taken literally, the idea of the work (though hardly the
writing of its First Part, as some have maintained) occurred to him in prison at
de Alba in La Mancha. Cervantes' idea was to give a picture of real life and
manners, and to express himself in clear language. The intrusion of everyday
speech into a literary context was acclaimed by the reading public. The author
stayed poor until 1605, when the first part of Don Quixote appeared.
Although it did not make Cervantes rich, it brought him international
appreciation as a man of letters.
The popularity of Don Quixote led to the publication of
an unauthorized continuation of it by an unknown writer, who masqueraded under
the name of Alonso
FernŠndez de Avellaneda. Cervantes produced his own continuation, or Second
Part, of Don Quixote, which made its appearance in 1615. He had promised
the publication of a second part in 1613 in the foreword to the Novelas
Ejemplares (Exemplary Novels), a year before the publication of
Avellanda's book. Don Quixote has been regarded chiefly as a novel of
purpose. It is stated again and again that he wrote it in order to satirize the romances of chivalry, and to challenge the
popularity of a form of literature that had been a favorite of the general
public for more than a century.