April 07 , 2008

La Galatea


Considered by many as the greatest of all Spanish authors, Miguel de Cervantes is most well-known of course for "Don Quixote," a work of such literary impact that its historical importance cannot be understated. Unfortunately Cervantes' other works are often overlooked and characterized as inferior to his masterpiece. While his other writings never gained the popularity of "Don Quixote," he did author several other works that are worthy of consideration. Amongst these is the pastoral romance "La Galatea." First published in 1585, it is the story of Elicio and Erastro, best friends who are enamored with Galatea. Along with their friend Floria, the four of them travel to the wedding of Daranio and Silveri. Along the way they meet numerous other characters, who their own tell stories, as they continue on their journey to the wedding. Interspersed within the prose is a rich collection of poems that would inform the lyrical direction in which Cervantes would go for the rest of his career.

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