By Kevin Grace
The next “50 Minutes-1Book” lunchtime talk in the Archives & Rare Books Library will be Thursday, January 19, at noon. Jerry Newman has graciously agreed to talk about his favorite book, Don Quixote. Originally published in two volumes a decade apart, in 1605 and 1615, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha), is one of the cornerstones of Western literature. Jerry has spent decades exploring Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece, reading and re-reading it, and studying its history. His informal talk will look at the novel as a cultural event and its lasting influence. He’ll discuss the personalities and relationship of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, as well as the book’s publication history, some of the unusual and unique attributes of it, as well as the lasting fame and adventures of Don Quixote’s characters, and their influence in Western culture.
Please join us next Thursday in 814 Blegen – bring your lunch or just stop by to be part of this great noontime talk. And though the archival windmill is currently undergoing renovation, if you bring your own lance, you may tilt at something else.