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The Exemplary Novels of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The Exemplary Novels of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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Originally compiled by Cervantes himself in 1613 as a collection of "exemplary" stories, this translated version from 1881 brings these stories to the English reader. Included in the collection are twelve stories selected by Cervantes, including "A Deceitful Marriage," which famously transitions seamlessly and humorously into the "Dialogue Between Scipio and Berganze".

First Page:

BOHN'S STANDARD LIBRARY.

THE EXEMPLARY NOVELS

OF

CERVANTES.

THE EXEMPLARY NOVELS

OF

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA.

TRANSLATED FROM THE SPANISH

BY

WALTER K. KELLY.

LONDON: GEORGE BELL AND SONS, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN. 1881.

LONDON: PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED, STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.

PREFACE.

It seems to be generally admitted that in rendering the title of a book from one language into another, the form of the original should be retained, even at the cost of some deviation from ordinary usage. Cicero's work De Officiis is never spoken of as a treatise on Moral Duties, but as Cicero's Offices. Upon the same principle we have not entitled the following collection of tales, Instructive or Moral; though it is in this sense that the author applied to them the epithet exemplares , as he states distinctly in his preface. The Spanish word exemplo , from the time of the archpriest of Hita and Don Juan Manuel, has had the meaning of instruction , or instructive story .

The "Novelas Exemplares" were first published in 1613, three years before the death of Cervantes... Continue reading book >>


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