DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA

AVAILABLE TRANSLATIONS

  • Thomas Shelton - 1612 & 1620
    • Reinvigorated by Gerald Davis in 2011
  • Pierre Antoine Motteux - 1700
  • Charles Jervas - 1742
  • Tobias Smollett - 1755
  • John Ormsby - 1885
  • Samuel Putnam - 1949
  • J.M. Cohen - 1951
  • Walter Starkie - 1957
  • Burton Raffel - 1996
  • John Rutherford - 2000
  • Edith Grossman - 2003
  • Tom Lathrop - 2005
  • James H. Montgomery - 2006


EXCERPTED COMPARISONS

 Location Shelton Smollett  OrmsbyPutnam Cohen StarkieRaffel Rutherford GrossmanLathropMontgomery  Davis
                    

CRITICAL OPINIONS

Wikipedia - Don Quixote translations into English

U Michigan - Timeline of Don Quixote translations into English with translator bios

"Frankly Curious" blog - Discussion of the novel and some textual translation comparisons

"BLT: Not Just a Sandwich" blog - Close look at translation comparisons of the second line of Chapter 1 between Motteaux, Starkie, Grossman, and Montgomery

Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society - Commentary on the Grossman translation (opinion: favorable, with caveats) by Tom Lathrop, Cervantes scholar
Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society - Commentary on the Montgomery translation (opinion: favorable) by Michael J. McGrath
Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society - Detailed review of English translations, survey of technical points of translation as treated in each version, and some recommendations for selecting a translation for various purposes

"Humanities" (NEH Magazine) - A history of translations of Don Quixote with commentary by Ilan Stevens, noted translator and Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College
Quixote and the World (excerpt) - Similar to the essay above, slightly expanded, with additional textual comparisons by Ilan Stevens

The Believer - Discussion of the novel's status in the English-speaking world as well as comparisons between Putnam, Starkie, Raffel, Grossman, and Rutherford

WHAT I READ

(TBD)

Shortlist is down to:

  • Smollett
  • Davis
  • Montgomery
  • Rutherford
  • Starkie
  • Putnam