the quality of being a dreamer

NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with Ilan Stavans about his book, Quixote: The Novel and the World.

According to Ilan Stavans, quixotic is the only word coined from the title of a novel. Also, he says, “If a writer doesn’t do anything but give a new word to his language, and from there maybe to other languages, I think that writer redefines the world.”

Imagine a world sans “quixotic”… “dreamy,” “foolish,” “idealistic,” or “romantic” just don’t cut it.

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