Francisco de Quevedo

Lia Schwartz (York College, CUNY)
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The satires of Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas, particularly his




], and his picaresque novel,

Vida del Buscón


The Swindler

], were widely known throughout Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries. Translated into French and into English, as well as Dutch and German, they became literary models for the Menippean variety, and for the representation of rogues, marginals and delinquents in narrative fiction. In Spain, his first prose and verse satires circulated in manuscript since 1600; soon, many of his poems were published in collective anthologies, such as Espinosa’s

Flores de poetas ilustres

(1605), and thereafter in several others. By the third decade of the seventeenth century when Quevedo began to promote the publication of his literary works and of…

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Citation: Schwartz, Lia. "Francisco de Quevedo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2009 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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