Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) found some initial success as a playwright.From 1571 through 1575, he fought with the Spanish fleet and served in garrisons throughout Italy. He was then captured by the Turks in Algiers and held prisoner for five years. Upon his return to Spain, he held various diplomatic and government posts but faced constant financial hardship and served two terms in prison. His fame was secured with the publication of Don Quixote (1605) and its sequel, which was published shortly before his death.Walter Starkie, noted authority on Spanish history and culture, eminent lecturer, scholar and writer, was for more than twenty years a professor at Dublin University.From 1940 to 1955, he was director of the British Institution in Madrid."
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was born in 1547 and died in 1615.