The Quixotic National Library

August 1, 2014

Source: Gustave Doré

This essay was published in on 1 August 2014.

Very early in Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote, there is a charming episode involving the friends of the loveable knight-errant. These individuals had been worried about Quixote’s delusions of grandeur and thought that the cause was the books on chivalry he had been reading. Thus, while Quixote was resting from a recently concluded adventure, they reviewed his books and ended up burning all of them. After the act, they walled up the entrance to his library so that there was no clue to what it was that they had done.


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