Miguel de Cervantes
Author's Bio (see also Wikipedia)
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) led a life somewhat similar to that of his most beloved hero, Don Quixote. After a comfortable childhood in Spain, Cervantes joined the Spanish army at the age of twenty-three and served until he was captured by pirates in 1575. When his ransom was paid and he was set free, Cervantes returned to Spain to live with his family. He published his first book, La Galatea, soon afterwards. Commercial success eluded Cervantes, and he held a few clerical jobs before landing in jail for falsifying his financial accounts. It was not until 1605 that he finally published the first volume of his masterpiece, Don Quixote. With this celebrated and hugely popular novel, Cervantes’s legend as a great writer was forged at last. He continued to write for the remaining years of his life, completing a second and final volume of Don Quixote in 1615.
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