Don Quixote

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Don Quixote
Cervantes Don Quixote 1605.gif Title page of first edition (1605)
Author(s) Miguel de Cervantes
Original title El ingenioso hidalgo don Quixote De la Mancha
Country Castile
Language Old Spanish (Old Castilian)
Genre(s) Picaresco, satire, parody, farce
Publisher Juan de la Cuesta
Publication date 1605 (Part One) 1615 (Part Two)
Published in English 1612 (Part One) 1620 (Part Two)
Media type Print
Dewey Decimal 863
LC Classification PQ6323

Don Quixote (play /ˌdɒn kˈht/; Spanish: [ˈdoŋ kiˈxote] ( listen)), fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha), is a novel written by Miguel de Cervantes. The novel follows the adventures of Alonso Quijano, a hidalgo who reads too many chivalric novels and sets out to revive chivalry under the name of Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who frequently deals with Don Quixote’s rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood with a unique Earthy wit. He is met by the world as it is, initiating themes like intertextuality, realism, metatheatre and literary representation.

Published in two volumes a decade apart, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published. In one such list, Don Quixote was cited as the “best literary work ever written”.