Trivia Crack Answer: 1605
About El Quijote
The year that “El Quijote” was published was 1605. Despite the phrasing of this question, the full title of the work was “El ingenioso hidalgo don Quixote (or Quijote) de la Mancha,” or The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. Often referred to as simply “Don Quijote (or Quixote),” its author was Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish playwright and author. During Cervantes’ time, plays were much more respected and prominent than novels, but Cervantes’ “Don Quijote” changed that–the novel became wildly popular in Spain, which was beginning to embrace the picaresque genre, which stressed the moral decay of society and the triumph of tricksters. “Don Quijote” gave birth to the term “quixotic,” which came to mean a point of view that was out of touch with reality, but this term gained positive meaning when the novel was embraced by French Romanticists in the 1800s, who read Don Quijote’s adventures as an expression of boundless idealism, rather than parodies of tales of chivalry. Though Cervantes never divulged what he intended “Don Quijote” to mean, his stance against the chivalric romance genre of books, which were popular during his time, was well-known, and the novel effectively signalled its decline and death. “Don Quijote” is noted for its use of woven narratives, wordplay, and meta-textuality, which have earned it a reputation as one of the greatest works of literature of all time.