MIGUEL DE CERVANTES• The exact date of his birth is not known, but itis probable that he was born on September29, the feast day of Saint Michael theArchangel, given the tradition to name a childwith the name of the feast day of his birth.• His father was Rodrigo de Cervantes, asurgeon of Galician descen
• While in Tomar, Portugal, in 1581, Cervanteswas given money to accomplish a royalmission to Oran.• On December 12, 1584, Cervantes marriedDoña Catalina de Palacios Salazar yVozmediano, from Esquivias, in the oldkingdom of Toledo, Spain.
• It is very probable that Cervantes was jailedagain for financial reasons. Most of his timemust have been taken up by the writingof Don Quixote. In January 1605 DonQuixote was published in Madrid. It was animmediate success. In the words of theGerman philosopher F. W. J. von Schellin
“TILTING AT WINDMILLS”• Attacking imaginary enemies.• The phrase derives from an episode in thenovel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Inthe novel, Don Quixote fights windmills thathe imagines to be giants. Quixote sees thewindmill blades as the giants arms.
• Part I published in 1605; Part II in 1615.• Don Quixote is considered the most influentialwork of literature from the Spanish GoldenAge and the entire Spanish literary canon.• Don Quixote was cited as the "best literarywork ever written".
• As a founding work of modern Westernliterature, and one of the earliest canonicalnovels, it regularly appears high on lists of thegreatest works of fiction ever published.