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Lazarillo de Tormes : Introduction
Lazarillo de Tormes : Plot Summary
Lazarillo de Tormes : Detailed Summary & Analysis
Lazarillo de Tormes : Themes
Lazarillo de Tormes : Quotes
Lazarillo de Tormes : Characters
Lazarillo de Tormes : Symbols
Lazarillo de Tormes : Theme Wheel
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Historical Context of The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
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- Full Title: The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes and of His Fortunes and Adversities
- When Written: Unknown
- Where Written: Spain
- When Published: 1554
- Literary Period: Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
- Genre: Picaresque novel
- Setting: 16th century Spain
- Antagonist: The blind man and the priest
- Point of View: First-person narrator (Lazaro)
Extra Credit for The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
Converso. Some scholars have suggested that the author may have been a converso—a Jew forced to convert to Catholicism under the Inquisition—whose experiences of persecution under the Catholic Church gave him a disaffected view of Christian society.
Success Despite Censorship. Lazarillo de Tormes was added to the Office of the Inquisition’s official Index of Forbidden Books when it was published, but illegal copies of the book were widely circulated throughout Europe and the text was translated into English and French shortly after it was published. By 1573 the Church responded to the book’s popularity by allowing edited versions of the text to circulate, but these versions were heavily censored.