- Don Quijote y la novela histórica: Consideraciones sobre la influencia de la novela cervantina en Waverley, or 'Tis Sixty Years Since (1814), de Sir Walter Scott
- Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America
- Cervantes Society of America
- Volume 37, Number 2, Fall 2017
- pp. 169-201
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Sir Walter Scott was a recognized admirer of Miguel de Cervantes and his work. As some of his biographers have noted, the Scottish author recognized his desire to become an writer after reading Cervantes's Exemplary Novels during a long period of convalescence. Despite this early and continued interest in Cervantes and Don Quixote, Cervantine criticism and scholars of historical fiction have failed to analyze this influence in depth. The present article tries to establish how the Cervantine novel becomes a clear model for Scott's historical fiction, analyzing the debt which the Scottish author's first novel, Waverley, or 'Tis Sixty Years Since, evinces some structural and thematic aspects of Don Quixote, concluding that Cervantes's masterpiece is an extremely important element in the origins of the historical genre.