Books: Great Satirist

CERVANTES (256 pp.)—Aubrey F. G. Bell —University of Oklahoma Press ($3).

Miguel de Cervantes is one of those writers doomed to live in the shadow of great characters that they created. Most people know some of the adventures of Don Quixote. Few know much about his creator. This biography (written for the 400th anniversary of Cervantes' birth) is one of the few thorough lives of Cervantes in English. Biographer Bell is an Englishman who lives in British Columbia, An Iberic scholar, he has been assistant librarian of the British Museum and editor of The...

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