Edwin Williamson is the King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College. He has held the Forbes Chair of Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and academic posts at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Trinity College Dublin. He has also been a visiting professor at the universities of São Paulo, Brazil, and at Stanford, Cornell, and Colorado at Denver. His publications reflect his interest in both the Golden Age of Spain and Latin America, and he has lectured widely in Europe, the USA, and Latin America. His books include ThePenguin History of Latin America, which was called 'a small masterpiece of lucidity' by the New York Times and has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese, and Borges: A Life, the first comprehensive biography of the great Argentine writer based on primary sources, which was also published by Penguin and has been translated into seven languages. He is also the author of books and articles on Cervantes and early-modern Spanish culture, and is currently writing a book on The Making of Don Quixote: How Cervantes came to write the first modern novel.