Francisco de Quevedo

Quevedo y Villegas, Francisco de

Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas (fränthēs´kō gō´māth dā kāvā´ŧħō ē vēlyā´gäs), 1580–1645, Spanish satirist, novelist, and wit, b. Madrid. In 1611 he fled to Italy after a duel and became involved in revolutionary plottings. When Philip IV ascended the Spanish throne, Quevedo narrowly avoided a long prison term. He was later imprisoned (1639–43) as the presumed author of a satire on the king and his favorite, the conde de Olivares. Quevedo was one of the great writers of the Spanish Golden Age. Los sueños [visions] (1627) is a brilliant and bitterly satiric account, after Dante and Lucan, of the inhabitants of hell. Other major works include the philosophical treatise Providencia de Dios (1641), the political essay Política de Dios y gobierno de Cristo (1626–55), and the important picaresque novel La vida del Buscón (1626). Also a major poet, his verse was collected in El Parnaso español (1648). His Epístola satírica y censoria (1639), a poetic satire against Olivares, is well known. Quevedo was a determined opponent of Gongorism (see Góngora).

See studies by D. W. Blesnick (1972) and J. Iffland (1978).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Quevedo in Perspective: Eleven Essays for the Quadricentennial: Proceedings from the Boston Quevedo Symposium, October, 1980
James Iffland.
Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 1982
Language and Ideology in the Prose of Quevedo
William H. Clamurro.
Juan De La Cuesta, 1991
Six Masters of the Spanish Sonnet: Essays and Translations
Francisco de Quevedo; Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Antonio Machado; Federico Garcia Lorca; Jorge Borges Luis; Miguel Hernández; Willis Barnstone.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Francisco de Quevedo (1580-1645): Spain" begins on p. 17
The Literature of the Spanish People: From Roman Times to the Present Day
Gerald Brenan.
Cambridge University Press, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XI "Quevedo and Gracian"
Spain: A Short History of Its Politics, Literature, and Art from Earliest Times to the Present
Henry Dwight Sedgwick.
Little, Brown, 1926
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XXIX "Gongora and Quevedo"
Spanish Picaresque Fiction: A New Literary History
Peter N. Dunn.
Cornell University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Francisco de Quevedo begins on p. 153
Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1720: A Biographical Dictionary
Christopher Baker.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Quevedo y Villegas, Francisco Gomez de (1580-1645)" begins on p. 313
Spanish Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
David William Foster.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Quevedo y Villegas, Francisco de" begins on p. 126
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