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
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 …
Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Cervantes in German Literature". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 March 2010
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