Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

The true origins of Don Quixote

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Whatever [Cervantes’s] intention may have been…it most certainly did not consciously and from the beginning propose to create a relationship like that between Don Quijote and Sancho Panza as we see it after having read the novel. Rather, the two figures were first a single vision, and what finally developed from them—singly and together—arose gradually, as the result of hundreds of individual ideas, as the result of hundreds of situations in which Cervantes puts them and to which they react on the spur of the moment, as the result of the inexhaustible, ever-fresh power of the poetic imagination.

Erich Auerbach, Mimesis

Written by nevalalee

March 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

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