Cervantes in German Literature

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

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Resting on

Don Quijote

(part I: 1605; part II: 1615) and

Novelas ejemplares


Exemplary Short Stories

, 1613], Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's (1547-1616) reputation as the outstanding novelist of Spain's

Siglo de oro

(Golden Age) spread rapidly across Europe. It reached Germany while the author was still alive and, along with his tales and protagonists, was to exert a considerable influence inspiring prose writers until the twentieth century.

Cervantes' reception in the seventeenth century

Cervantes' reception in the seventeenth century

At a surprisingly early date, Don Quijote arrived in Germany before the second volume had even been published: in 1613 he appeared in a courtly masque in Heidelberg on the occasion of the wedding between the Elector Friedrich V of the Palatinate, also known

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Citation: Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Cervantes in German Literature". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 March 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=7218, accessed 23 April 2024.]

7218 Cervantes in German Literature 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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