Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra[b] (Spanish pronunciation: [miˈɣel de θerˈβantes saˈβeðɾa]; 29 September 1547 – 23 April 1616; age 68) was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus Don Quixote, often considered the first modern novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written. His work is often considered amongst the most important works in all of Western literature. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that Spanish is often called la lengua de Cervantes, Spanish for the language of Cervantes. He has been dubbed El Príncipe de los Ingenios – The Prince of Wits.