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The Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library
by Tyson Manchester on Thursday, May 23, 2013
Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
Two institutions, the Centro de Estudios Cervantinos and the Fundación Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes are joining forces to present all of Cervantes’ most important literary works online by the end of this year. The groups have announced that the online library will not only feature over 6,000 printed pages of material, but also 17,000 illustrations from various editions of Cervantes’ historic novel Don Quijote de la Mancha (1605) that have been printed over the centuries. The Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, which already includes a digital edition of Don Quijote, will also offer translations of Cervantes’ work into various languages.
Organizers hope that the library will continue growing after they have finished their work, and they encourage collaboration with other organizations that may have documents related to the life and literature of Cervantes.
A valuable resource for Spanish learners
The Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes is a valuable resource for Spanish learners and anyone interested in Spain’s rich literary history. This virtual library maintained by the University of Alicante offers the most extensive free access digital archive of Spanish language literature on the internet. Users will find a seemingly endless collection of texts, audio recordings and videos of literature in Spanish from some of Spain’s most celebrated authors such as Góngora and Quevedo to other classic writers such William Shakespeare.
The website also features separate libraries that focus on the work of an individual author such as Pablo Neruda and Mario Benedetti. Check out the Biblioteca de literature infantil y juvenile and find countless works such as Grimm’s fairy tales along with recordings of popular kids’ stories. In the section entitled Lengua, you’ll also find practical reference books such as grammar guides put together by the Royal Spanish Academy, dictionaries, and essays on the origins of the language. One more highlight of the library is the Biblioteca de Signos, the world’s first general library in sign language. Users can find numerous poems and stories signed in Spanish sign language (LSE), along with a dictionary of LSE.
by Lauris on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
don Quijote on Pinterest As you already know, Pinterest is a social network, a tool designed for helping you organize and share things that you like or that interest you… read more »
by Tyson Manchester on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The Spanish Language in the US The University of Guadalajara is putting on the 3 rd annual Spanish language book fair of Los Angeles ( LéaLA ) at the L.A. Convention Center from the 17 th to the 19 th of May. Organizers of the fair, the largest of its kind in the US, aim to strengthen the Spanish language in the country, particularly among the children of its Latino community. They expect record turn out this year, planning to attract over one hundred thousand book enthusiasts and more than 300 publishers including the Penguin group and Random House. … read more »
by Tyson Manchester on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Study Abroad at any age The excitement of immersing oneself in a new language and culture as a study abroad student isn’t just reserved for the 20 something crowd. It’s never too late; in fact anytime after 50 can be an ideal age to take the cultural plunge. Many programs even offer specialized courses specifically designed for folks over 50 . If that’s you, here are 5 reasons you should get in on the study abroad action. … read more »
by Tyson Manchester on Thursday, April 25, 2013
Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald received the prestigious Premio Cervantes de literatura (Cervantes Award for literature) last Tuesday at the University of Alcalá de Henares outside of Madrid. The prime minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy attended the ceremony in which Spanish Crown Prince Felipe personally offered Caballero Bonald the honor. The award, perhaps the most highly regarded prize for Spanish language literature , has been given every year since 1975 to the writer whose life-long body of work has most enriched the literary tradition of the Spanish language according to judges. The day of the ceremony always coincides with World Book Day and the anniversary of the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare on April 23 rd … read more »