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Don Quixote The World’s First Modern Novel

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Don Quixote Worlds First Modern Novel

Don Quixote de La Mancha, written in 1600-1615, is viewed as the world’s first modern novel.  Since the book combines prose and verse, poems and stories, for the first time, it was novel, or new, for its time.  Before Cervantes wrote Don Quixote literature consisted of devotional poems praising God, heroic epic written to honor the Gods, romantic ditties written for one’s lover, or letter writing novels featuring an epistolalry exchange between several different characters. With the advent of Don Quixote, however, this changed.  Now stories were being written about everyday people doing everyday things.