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Miguel de Cervantes


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Miguel de Cervantes Savedra : Don Quixote

"Of my earliest days at school I have little to say, but that they were very happy ones, chiefly because I was left at liberty, and in the vacations, to read whatever books I liked ... I read all Fielding's works, Don Quixote, Gil Blas, and any part of Swift that I liked." (Wordsworth, Prose Works vol. 3 p.372).

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: William Wordsworth      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : probably Don Quixote

The seventeenth-century waterman-poet John Taylor had read More's Utopia, Plato's Republic, Montaigne, and Cervantes in translation, but he never mastered a foreign language and he relentlessly satirised latinate prose: I ne'er used Accidence so much as now, Nor all these Latin words here interlaced I do not know if they with sense are placed, I in the book did find them".'

Century: 1600-1699     Reader/Listener/Group: John Taylor      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote

'Wil John Edwards...pursued Gibbon, Hardy, Swinburne and Meredith. His reading was suggested by the literary pages of the Clarion, the librarian at the Miners' Institute (who directed him to Don Quixote) and [guidance from fellow pit workers].'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Wil John Edwards      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote

'James Hanley's workmates laughed when he taught himself French by reading the Mercure de France...Working the night shift at a railway station, Hanley withdrew into the work of Moliere, Hauptmann, Calderon, Sudermann, Ibsen, Lie and Strindberg until he grew quite cozy in his literary shell. His parents were appalled that he had no friends. But I've hundreds of friends he protested. "Bazarov and Rudin and Liza and Sancho Panza and Eugenie Grandet". His father countered with Squeers, Nickleby, Snodgrass and Little Nell: "And they're a healthy lot I might say, whereas all your friends have either got consumption, or are always in the dumps".'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: James Hanley      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote

'Bookbinder Frederick Rogers read Faust "through from beginning to end, not because I was able at sixteen to appreciate Goethe, but because I was interested in the Devil". Moving on to Don Quixote, "I did not realise its greatness till long after; but its stories of adventure and its romance and homour appealed to me strongly enough".'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Frederick Rogers      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote

Fanny Kemble, 10 July 1833: 'Mr. [Edward Trelawny, writer and friend of Byron and Shelley] read Don Quixote to us [on board boat travelling up 'valley of the Mohawk']: he reads very peculiarly; slowly, and with very marked emphasis.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Edward Trelawny      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote (probably)

Another great source of amusement as well as knowledge, I have met with in reading almost all the best novels (Cervantes, Fielding, Smollet, Richardson, Miss Burney, Voltaire, Sterne, Le Sage, Goldsmith and others).?

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: James Lackington      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote

'after dinner began Duffield's translation of Don Quixote and Myers' Wordsworth'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot [pseud]      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote

'Coming upon a copy of "Don Quixote" in a warder's house, he thought it was "the most wonderful book [he] had ever seen". When he refused to give it up, the warder said he might keep it... "Don Quixote" awakened in Arthur a "passion for reading", and before long, he had read Scott, then Byron, who, he had been told was" a very, very great poet, and a very, very wicked man, an atheist, a writer whom it was dangerous to read".'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Arthur Symons      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote

Tuesday 10 August 1920: 'Reading Don Q. still -- I confess rather sinking in the sand -- rather soft going [...] but he has the loose, far scattered vitality of the great books, which keeps me going'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Virginia Woolf      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote

Tuesday 10 September 1918: 'My intellectual snobbishness was chastened this morning by hearing from Janet [Case] that she reads Don Quixote & Paradise Lost, & her sister Lucretius in the evenings.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Janet Case      Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : 

'The [Tennyson] boys had one great advantage [as home-educated pupils], the run of their father's excellent library. Amongst the authors most read by them were Shakespeare, Milton, Burke, Goldsmith, Rabelais, Sir William Jones, Addison, Swift, Defoe, Cervantes, Bunyan and Buffon.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Tennyson children (boys)     Print: Book


Miguel de Cervantes : Don Quixote

'In the spring of 1831 my father was much distressed about the condition of his eyes and feared that he was going to lose his sight [...] He took to a milk diet for some months, which apparently "did good." At all events his eyesight was strong enough to allow him to study Don Quixote in the original.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Tennyson      Print: Book


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