Cervantes in Seventeenth-century England garners well over a
thousand English references to Cervantes and his works, thus
providing the fullest and most intriguing early English picture
ever made of the writings of Spain's greatest writer. Besides
references to the nineteen books of Cervantes's prose available to
seventeenth-century English readers (including four little-known
abridgments), this new volume includes entries by such notable
writers as Ben Jonson, John Fletcher, William Wycherley, Aphra
Behn, Thomas Hobbes, John Dryden, and John Locke, as well as many
lesser-known and anonymous writers. A reader will find, among
others, a counterfeiter, a midwife, an astrologer, a princess, a
diarist, and a Harvard graduate. Altogether this broad range of
writers, famed and forgotten alike, brings to light not only
sectarian and political tensions of the day, but also glimpses of
the arts-of weaving, singing, acting, engraving, and painting. Even
dancing, for there was a dance called the "Sancho Panzo."
The volume opens with a wide-ranging Introduction that among other
things traces the English reception of both Cervantes's Don Quixote
and his Novelas ejemplares, including the part they played in
English drama. In the main body of the work, individual items are
arranged chronologically by year and, within that framework,
alphabetically by author, thus providing little-known
seventeenth-century evidence regarding the nature and breadth of
British interest in Cervantes in various decades. Thorough
annotation helps readers to place individual entries in their
historical, social, political, and in some instances religious
The volume includes twenty-nine germane seventeenth-century
pictures, an index of references to chapters in Don Quixote, and a
full bibliography and index.
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