August 14, 2011

SURPRISING HOW LITTLE WE KNOW ABOUT SUCH A PROLIFIC WRITER:

Madrid begins search for bones of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes: Historians and archaeologists hunt for writer's remains in city centre convent with approval from Madrid's archbishopric (Giles Tremlett, 7/25/11, guardian.co.uk)

Historians and archaeologists plan to reveal the true face of the author of Don Quixote of La Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes, as they embark on a quest to find the lost bones of one of western literature's key writers.

The project to seek Cervantes' bones, which lie buried somewhere in the walls or floors of a convent in central Madrid, would allow forensic archaeologists to reconstruct the face of a man only known from a picture painted by artist Juan de Jauregui some 20 years after his death.

The bones may also reveal whether Cervantes, who is believed to have died of cirrhosis and was accused by rivals of being a notorious tippler, drank himself into the grave. "They may not just help us to discover what he looked like, but also why he died," said historian Fernando Prado.

"It is said that he was very ill late in life, but that is also when he was very productive as an author."




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