Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes, published in two volumes in 1605 and 16015. It is one of the most highly regarded novels ever written, and its satire of earlier prose romances influenced the realism of the developing form.
The title character is an elderly gentlemen of La Mancha who is driven out of his wits by his reading of popular chivalric romances, and embarks on a series of picarasque adventures, accompanied by the more worldly Sancho Panza. The work has been subjected to many interpretations. Some suggest that like the earlier picaresque genre, it reflects the breakdown of feudalism and the emergence of commercial society.
Free online texts
Gutenberg: The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha, translated by Peter Motteux. HTML, EPUB, MOBI and TXT formats.
Internet Archive: The Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quixote of La Mancha, translated by John Ormsby (1885). EPUB, TXT, MOBI (Kindle) and PDF formats.
University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): Don Quixote, translated by John Ormsby (1885), with illustrations by Gustav Doré. HTML, EPUB and MOBI (Kindle) formats.
Wikisource: English translation by John Ormsby. HTML and other formats.
Centro Virtual Cervantes: Don Quijote de la Mancha. HTML format.
Wikisource: Spanish text. HTML and other formats.
BBC Radio 4 In Our Time: Don Quixote. Melvyn Bragg with Barry Ife, Edwin Williamson, and Jane Whetnall.
The Conversation: Guide to the Classics - Don Quixote, the world’s first modern novel, and one of the best, by Ana Puchau de Lecea and Vicente Pérez de León.
Librivox: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - public domain audiobooks. Multiple versions of Don Quixote in English, Spanish and other languages.
The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes
Apuleius: The Golden Ass - Some stories in Don Quixote have elements that can be traced to this classical satire.
Amadis De Gaul - key work of the romance genre that is the object of Cervantes' critique.
Ariosto: Orlando Furioso - referred to directly by the central character as well as inspiring elements of the story.