Books: Roads to Glory

CERVANTES (223 pp.)­Gary MacEóin ­Bruce ($3.25).

"Two roads lead to wealth and glory," wrote the author of Don Quixote, "that of letters and that of arms." By 1569, Miguel de Cervantes, 22-year-old son of a footloose, impoverished doctor, had already taken a short stroll down the road of Spanish letters with a sheaf of verses under his arm. Although he managed to get a few of them published, he looked in vain for wealth and glory, finally came to a decision: he would follow both roads and double his chances.

Cervantes soon found himself well...

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