The famous novelist Miguel de Cervantes de Saavedra was born in 1547, in a city near Madrid, Spain called Alcalala de Henares. He was the middle child in a group of 7 siblings, and at a young age of 6, he was exposed to the hardships of life when his father, Dr. Rodrigo de Cervantes, was sent to jail because of unpaid debts. When he went to Italy in 1969 and worked as a valet for a well-off priest, he then studied literature and philosophy. He served as a soldier in Naples from 1570 to 1575 until he was captured by pirates but was freed 5 years later through ransom. Catalina de Palacios was the woman he married in 1584, but before that he had a brief affair with Ana de Villafranca and had a daughter named Isabel with her.
Shortly after getting married, he started writing poetry, plays, prose and novels. His experiences in life served as inspiration for his works. His works include the first part of the life of a fictional character named Don Quixote in “El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha” (1605), 12 of his novels in “Novelas Ejemplares” (1613), the second part of Don Quixote in “Segunda Parte del Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha” (1615), and a love story in “Los Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda” (1617). Among all these, the two volumes about the life of Don Quixote, a knight of La Mancha, proved to be the most successful. It was praised by various critics around the world and has created an impact so strong it is considered the first classic model of romance in the modern times.
Extremely gifted as a poet, his words flow powerfully yet naturally. The Spanish language was even dubbed as “The Language of Cervantes” due to the captivating way he wrote. With Miguel Cervantes, called Prince of Wits because of his exemplary work, Spain has gained a distinctive mark in the world of literature, and the Spain flag will wave in his name in gratitude.