When people think of Spanish literature they may be able to mention one author, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, otherwise just known as Cervantes.  He was the author of Don Quixote.  This magnificant novel probably has not been read by even these individuals.  They perhaps only even know of such a novel because of a highly successful musical called "Man from La Mancha", so named because that was the provence where Don Quixote and his man-servante, Sancho Panza resided.

They would probably be surprised to hear the Cervantes wrote several other books, such as La Galatea and Novelas Ejemplares, and is very well known in Spain as the author of several plays and poems.. 

Obviously Cervantes is not the only Spanish author of note.  Follow the links below to read a short introduction on several famous Spanish novelists and poets. 

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (M)  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (H)
Benito Pérez Galdós
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

Juan Ramón Jiménez
Fredrico García Lorca
Antonio Machado

The materials for this page were primarily drawn from the
(Spanish) Classical Literature website of Alfredo Vila.
Used with Permission

The poem from Cervantes was from Professor Alix Ingber Golden Age Sonnets website.