Don Juan, by Moliere

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Don Juan, the "Seducer of Seville," originated as a hero-villain of Spanish folk legend, is a famous lover and scoundrel who has made more than a thousand sexual conquests. One of Molière's best-known plays, Don Juan was written while Tartuffe was still banned on the stages of Paris, and shared much with the outlawed play. Modern directors transform Don Juan in every new era, as each director finds something new to highlight in this timeless classic. Richard Wilbur's flawless translation will be the standard for ...

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Overview

Don Juan, the "Seducer of Seville," originated as a hero-villain of Spanish folk legend, is a famous lover and scoundrel who has made more than a thousand sexual conquests. One of Molière's best-known plays, Don Juan was written while Tartuffe was still banned on the stages of Paris, and shared much with the outlawed play. Modern directors transform Don Juan in every new era, as each director finds something new to highlight in this timeless classic. Richard Wilbur's flawless translation will be the standard for generations to come, as have his translations of Molière's other plays. Witty, urbane, and poetic in its prose, Don Juan is, most importantly, as funny now as it was for audiences when it was first presented.

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This new translation of Moli re's long-suppressed 17th-century prose comedy Don Juan by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Wilbur is an engaging addition to his many translations of Moli re's plays, such as Misanthrope and Tartuffe. Based on folk legend, Don Juan, the "Seducer of Seville," was a charming nobleman completely lacking in scruples who defied both faith and social convention only to suffer damnation in the end. His moral deficiencies are seen through his hideous deeds, which are closely observed and revealed by his valet, Sganarelle. As a social satire, the play implies the bigotry of upper-class French society of the time. The skillful presentation of dialog, especially that of the middle class and peasants, contributes most of the comic effect. Wilbur's translation brings this timeless classic to life for modern English readers and theater audiences. His valuable introduction provides an excellent critical analysis of the play. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.--Ming-ming Kuo, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156013109
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 670,216
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD WILBUR, one of America’s most beloved poets, has served as poet

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Classical Comedy!! Must Read!!

    I had to read this book for a class and I though it would have been long..boring..and horrible...Oddly, enough this book is one of the funniest i've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2002

    The Very Best

    Moliere's version on Don Juan is the very best I have ever read! The dialogues are witty and great to read, especially out loud (though it doesn't have to be read aloud!). The story takes very true to the 'legend' of Don Juan and I highly recommend this take on the story of Don Juan.

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