Professor Harry Sieber's Biography

Harry Sieber, Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Spanish literature, is General Editor of Modern Language Notes (MLN) and Editor of the Hispanic Issue, MLN.

Sieber received his Ph. D. in Romance Languages from Duke University, and began teaching at The Johns Hopkins in 1967. He served as Chair of the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies from 1983-1992.

His numerous articles concentrate on literary and historical topics ranging from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. His books include The Picaresque (Methuen, 1978) and Language and Society in the "Lazarillo de Tormes" (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 1978). He has also edited and written a critical introduction to the Novelas Ejemplares of Miguel de Cervantes (Cátedra, 1981), which is presently in its fourteenth printing. His interest in the George Peabody Cervantes Collection is long-standing, and is reflected in the current exhibition, which concentrates on early Spanish editions and English translations of Don Quixote de la Mancha.

The exhibition, however, is only part of a larger project to produce a definitive catalog of the Peabody's Cervantes Collection, as well as of other rare Spanish texts among the library holdings. He is currently preparing a critical study and edition of the seventeenth-century court memoirs of Luis Cabrera de Córdoba, Relaciones de las cosas sucedidas en la corte de Felipe III.

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Professor, Department of Italian and Hispanic Studies
Johns Hopkins University

Phone: (410) 516-7226