Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (b. 1547) was a Spanish writer, and the author of what is considered the first novel, Don Quixote. Widely regarded as Spain's finest writer, his influence on Western literature is second to none. "
"At various stages in his early life he was a fugitive, a soldier, held captive by pirates, sold as a slave, a prisoner, and a tax collector, before finally settling in Madrid shortly after the first publication of his masterpiece, Don Quixote. The novel has been adapted for film, a popular ballet, several operas and orchestral works. "
"Miguel de Cervantes died in 1616, dying on the same day as fellow pillar of Western literature, William Shakespeare.
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