What is Don Juan?

  • (noun): A legendary Spanish nobleman and philanderer who became the hero of many poems and plays and operas.
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Don Juan

Don Juan (Spanish) or Don Giovanni (Italian) is a legendary, fictional libertine whose story has been told many times by many authors. El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra (The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest) by Tirso de Molina is a play set in the fourteenth century that was published in Spain around 1630. Evidence suggests it is the first written version of the Don Juan legend. Among the best known works about this character today are Molière's play Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre (1665), Byron's epic poem Don Juan (1821), José de Espronceda's poem El estudiante de Salamanca (1840) and José Zorrilla's play Don Juan Tenorio (1844). Along with Zorrilla's work (still performed every year on November 2nd throughout the Spanish-speaking world), arguably the best known version is Don Giovanni, an opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, first performed in Prague in 1787 (with Giacomo Casanova probably in the audience) and itself the source of inspiration for works by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Alexander Pushkin, Søren Kierkegaard, George Bernard Shaw and Albert Camus.

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Carlos Castaneda Bibliography - Critical Works
... The Teachings Of Don B ... The Don Juan Papers Further Castaneda Controversies ... The World Of Don Juan Some Reflections ...
A Separate Reality
... A Separate Reality Further Conversations With Don Juan is an allegedly non-fictional book written by anthropologist/author Carlos Castaneda in 1971 concerning the events that took place ... his description of his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Don Juan, from which he had withdrawn in 1965 ... As in his previous book, The Teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Castaneda describes the experiences he has with Don Juan while under the influence of the psychotropic ...
Percy Bysshe Shelley - Life - Death
... back from Leghorn (Livorno) to Lerici in his schooner, Don Juan ... The name "Don Juan", a compliment to Byron, was chosen by Edward John Trelawny, a member of the Shelley–Byron Pisan circle ... This annoyed Byron, who forced the painting of the words "Don Juan" on the mainsail ...
The Jazz Singer - Background and Production - Introducing Sound
... Vitaphone features, Don Juan (premiered August 1926) and The Better 'Ole (premiered October 1926), like two more that followed in early 1927, had only a synchronized instrumental score and sound ... George Groves, who had also worked on Don Juan ... who already had two Vitaphone films to his credit Don Juan and Old San Francisco, which opened while The Jazz Singer was in production ...
Don Juan, Dominican Republic
... Don Juan is a town in the Monte Plata province of the Dominican Republic. ...

More definitions of "Don Juan":

  • (noun): Any successful womanizer (after the legendary profligate Spanish nobleman).

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