Don Quijote de la Mancha (Penguin Clásicos) by Miguel de Cervantes

By Miguel de Cervantes

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Edición de Florencio Sevilla Arroyo, catedrático de Filología Española en l. a. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

«Contra cuerdos y contra locos está obligado cualquier caballero andante a volver por l. a. honra de las mujeres.»

Un éxito desde el momento de su publicación en dos partes (1605 y 1615), Don Quijote de l. a. Mancha es probablemente l. a. mayor novela jamás escrita. Cuenta los angeles historia de un hidalgo que, enloquecido por los angeles lectura excesiva, recorre España en busca de aventura, justicia y gloria. Las múltiples interpretaciones de l. a. obra reflejan su riqueza de significados y contenidos: una crítica de las novelas de caballerías, l. a. contraposición entre realismo e idealismo, o una sátira de las ilusiones cortesanas. Con las divertidas andanzas de su ingenioso protagonista, Cervantes retrató los angeles complejidad de lo humano y dio al arte literario su más alta expresión.

Esta edición incluye una introducción que contextualiza l. a. obra, un aparato de notas, una cronología y una bibliografía esencial, así como también varias propuestas de discusión y debate en torno a los angeles lectura. Está al cuidado de Florencio Sevilla Arroyo, catedrático de literatura española de l. a. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

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Perhaps even more remarkable was his ease at sharing his escapist fantasies with the public. Gore Vidal called Burroughs an 舠archetypal American dreamer,舡 by which he meant daydreamer. In his essay 舠Tarzan Revisited,舡 Vidal writes, 舠There are so many things that people who take polls never get around to asking. 舡 Americans do have a great aptitude for daydreaming, even a genius for it, as our mass entertainment industry, the largest and most lucrative in the world, attests to. In 1911, when Burroughs was getting started as a writer, movies were in their early phase, not yet big business.

But then, doesn舗t the species need to reproduce, and wouldn舗t the presence of a beautiful woman add spice to the hero舗s repeated displays of dominance while also offering opportunities for heroic rescues? If we work from the premise that Tarzan of the Apes has enjoyed so much success at least in part because of the gratifications it offers its male readers, then what sort of woman would Burroughs introduce into his narrative? The 舠beautiful white girl舡 enters the story neatly supplied with a suitor, Cecil Clayton, a rival over whom Tarzan can repeatedly prove his superiority.

With all the enthusiasm came detractors, those who said Tarzan was unoriginal, his hero just a variation on Kipling舗s Mowgli, who, in The Jungle Books, is adopted as an infant by wolves. Kipling himself was of this opinion, writing in his autobiography, 舠If it be in your power, bear serenely with imitators. My Jungle Book begot Zoos of them. But the genius of all genii was the one who wrote a series called Tarzan of the Apes. I read it, but regret I never saw it on the films, where it rages most successfully.

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