Meet the Author of Don Quixote

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Gibbs Smith

Professor Hawkins here. It’s a glorious spring day and I’m busy cleaning out the nest and getting ready to file my taxes, so let’s keep this brief.

How much do you know about the author of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes? It turns out he had a very adventurous life. He was born near Madrid, Spain, in 1547. As a young man, he was chamber assistant to a cardinal in Rome. Then he enlisted as a solider in the Spanish Navy Infantry. During his time in the navy, he was captured by pirates! After five years in captivity, his parents and a Catholic religious order paid his ransom so he could go free. He later worked as a purchasing agent for the Spanish Armada and then as a tax collector. Some errors in his accounting actually landed him in jail! Cervantes said that he got the idea for Don Quixote when he was in jail. He didn’t become well-known as a writer until the last decade of his life; now he is one of the most famous writers of all time.

A note to all you aspiring young writers out there: I don’t think it is necessary to be captured by pirates or thrown in jail to perfect your art. However, in Miguel de Cervantes’ case, it seemed to work.

So until next time, keep your account books in order.

Sincerely, Professor Hawkins

Posted in About the Author, Don Quixote, From the desk of Professor Hawkins, Tutor Tuesday


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