Exemplary Stories

Exemplary Stories


Introduction by: C. A. Jones
Translator: C. A. Jones

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140442489
  • 256 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Composed throughout Cervantes’s writing life and mentioned in Don Quixote, his Exemplary Stories are among the first and finest Spanish short stories: ranging from traditional tales of love to incisive moral fables. In The Little Gipsy Girl, an Italianate romance, the nomadic life is idealised through a love affair between the beautiful Preciosa and a nobleman who agrees to live as a gipsy to win her heart. Elsewhere, the intricacies of love are further explored in tales such as The Jealous Extremaduran, while the picaresque Rinconette and Cortadillo, depicting the friendship between a card-sharper and a pickpocket, presents a very different insight into the lower classes of seventeenth-century Spain. Widely regarded as one of Cervantes’s greatest stories, The Dogs’ Colloquy brilliantly captures Spanish conversation and society in its depiction of a discussion between two dogs mysteriously granted the gift of speech.

Table of Contents

Exemplary StoriesAcknowledgments
Introduction

The Little Gipsy Girl
Rinconete and Cortadillo
The Glass Graduate
The Jealous Extremaduran
The Deceitful Marriage
The Dogs’ Colloquy

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