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Definition: Don Quixote de la Mancha from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Satirical romance by the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes, published in two parts (1605 and 1615). Don Quixote, a self-styled knight, embarks on a series of chivalric adventures accompanied by his servant Sancho Panza. Quixote's imagination leads him to see harmless objects as enemies to be fought, as in his tilting at windmills. English translators include Tobias Smollett (1775).

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Summary Article: Quixote, Don from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

The hero of the romance of this name by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) . It was published at Madrid in 1605 with the continuation or second part in 1615. It ridicules the more tedious chivalric romances. Don Quixote is a gaunt country gentleman of La Mancha, gentle and dignified, affectionate and simple-minded, but so crazed by reading books of knight-errantry that he believes himself called upon to redress the wrongs of the whole world. Hence a quixotic person is a romantic idealist, one with impractical ideas of honour or schemes for the general good. See also FIRST LINES IN FICTION; KNIGHT OF LA MANCHA; SANCHO PANZA.

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