Part parody and part cautionary tale, "Don Quijote" is considered a literary masterpiece. This critical edition is based on Burton Raffel's translation that comes as close as possible to recreating Miguel de Cervantes' prose style - it is consitent, fluid and modelled on the original Spanish. Carefully selected background materials bring readers into the creative process that culminated in Don Quijote. Included is other writing by Cervantes as well as contemporary works by other authors and a modern account of the novel's influence throughout the ages. Fifteen critical essays present interpretations of both the novel and selected episodes.