Books: Cervantes

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THE LIFE AND MISADVENTURES OF MIGUEL DE CERVANTES—Mariano Tomas—Houghton Mifflin ($3). Few writers of anything except bad checks have spent more time in jail than Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of the world-famed Don Quixote. According to Biographer Tomas, it was bad luck, not bad management, that was responsible. Author Tomas does his Spanish best to scrub clean the grimy pane of history that separates Cervantes' 16th-Century day from ours but Cervantes' human figure remains darkly obscured. To many a U. S. reader,...

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