Miguel de Cervantes

By Frankie Florian

Biographical Details

  • Born on September 29, 1547 in Alcala de Henares, Spain.
  • Died on April 23, 1616 in Madrid, Spain
  • Spent most of his life in Madrid, Spain where he studied grammar and composition under Lopez de Hoyos
  • Cervantes' most famous novel was Don Quixote which was published in 1605 and became popular very quickly
  • In 1610, he secured the patronage of the Count of Lemos which helped him with many of his successes
  • Cervantes and his family moved around a lot throughout the country of Spain as he was growing up
  • Cervantes loved to read poetry and began to write his own verses as he was receiving his basic education
  • When Cervantes first moved to Rome he was shocked when he saw this beautiful city and upon entering it, he wrote "O great, O powerful, O sacred Rome...I greet thee on my knees, a pilgrim new and humble"(Cervantes in Arbo, p. 32).


Work Cited: "Miguel de Cervantes." U*X*L Biographies. Detroit: U*X*L, 2003. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

Don Quixote- Cervantes' Work

  • Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote, published in 1605, has inspired a host of literary and dramatic works and remains a timeless classic("Miguel de Cervantes").
  • Don Quixote was an early example of a very illustrative and symbolic novel
  • This famous novel was very significant because it reflects much of Cervantes' own life
  • Don Quixote is very interesting because in the novel, the young knight and his loyal squire are never successful in the journey they are on
  • Usually, in most books, the stories are about a successful journey and Miguel was very unique in that way of showing their positive attitude throughout the novel
  • The ISMS:
  • Humanism- by Cervantes' showing passion and great emotion in his novels and writing about love in his novels also
  • Capitalism- publishers paid Cervantes very little money for his efforts until he had the patronage of the Count of Lemos


Work Cited: "Miguel de Cervantes." U*X*L Biographies. Detroit: U*X*L, 2003. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

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