[I]nvaluable core articles--for which this encyclopedia is recommended for any collection supporting the study of literature (and not just Spanish)....Recommended. General and academic readers.
So influential was the theme of Cervantes's Don Quixote that the word quixotic (idealistic), without regard to practicality, has derived from it. The second-best selling book in history, it certainly warrants this wonderfully detailed encyclopedia. Extending far beyond Don Quixote, however, it covers all of the author's known work, providing brief commentaries, plot summaries, descriptions of the characters, and information on the history and places mentioned in his works.
This encyclopedia is a monumental achievement....[i]t is both the largest English-language book and the largest single-authored refernece work in Cervantine studies. As such, it has a unity of purpose, philosophy, and style not ordinarily found in this type of work....So let me conclude by saying that everyone, noephyte or expert, can use this volume with profit....We are all in Mancing's debt....I hope this encyclopedia is available in every academic and major public library.
[T]he reader, by following all the links in these two volumes, can easily, in looking up one thing, be led deeper and deeper into the language and the works of Cervantes. This also leads me to what I find as the value of Mancing's encyclopedia: again and again as I read, I remembered things I had noted the first time through ^IDon Quixote^R as an undergraduate, but now, if I were reading Cervantes for the first time with this encyclopedia at hand, I would have explanations for some of the many conventions and references so clear to his contemporaries, but which had been so mysterious to me as a beginner; on the other hand, if I wanted to explore what later writers and critics have had to say about Cervantes, that information is here as well. In summary, any reader approaching Cervantes either as a beginner or from outside Spanish studies will benefit immensely from this work.
Professor Mancing and his publishers are to be congratulated on an encyclopedia which is clearly laid out and a delight to browse. The attractively illustrated covers ... encourage the reader to delve into this treasure house of information ... [It] is clearly aimed at university and college libraries. It deserves a place too on the shelves of the large general reference library as well as the library of the serious academic. Truly a significant volume to mark the 400th anniversary of the adventures of the ingenious nobleman on the plains of La Mancha!
For academic and large public libraries where there is an interest in Cervantes or Spanish literature in general, this is a fine choice.
Prof. Howard Mancing's guide to the life and work of Cervantes is the most comprehensive of this sort in English...In short, this scholarly compendium provides all most students need evern know of Cervantes...[j]oyously fun reading that makes them laugh out loud. Both the novel and this guide are highly recommended to public and academic libraries.