Cervantes: The Complete Exemplary Novels (Hispanic Classics) (Bks. 1-4)

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Originally published in four separate volumes, this publication sees all 12 Novelas Ejemplares as a single volume for the first time in English. Each story has an individual introduction, the original Spanish text with facing English translation and notes.

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Barry Ife is Principal of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is an international authority on Cervantes, and the author of many books and articles including Christopher Columbus: Journal of the First Voyage (Aris & Phillips 1990). Jonathan Thacker is Tutor in Spanish at Merton College, Oxford and series editor of the Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics. He is the author of Role-play and the World as Stage in the Comedia (Liverpool University Press 2002) and several articles on various aspects of Golden-Age drama.

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The collection is not only the presentation of a classic (and perhaps unfairly overlooked) work by Cervantes, but with its introductory material, it is also a valuable bridge to the student who might know or have heard of little about Cervantes other than the universally "well known" but usually not-yet-read monument, Don Quixote...This revised and complete edition is a significant contribution.Ife and Thacker and their colleagues are to be commended. (William H. Clamurro Hispania, Volume 98. Number 1, March 2015)

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