Generally credited as the creator of Don Juan, one of the most famous characters in literature, Tirso de Molina (1580?1648) is largely unknown to English readers. An author of the Spanish Golden Age?the era of Vel?zquez, Ribera and Cervantes?Tirso wrote within an extraordinary literar... y milieu and left his own mark. This book presents three of his best known works, never before translated in one collection: the Don Juan play, a theological play and a court comedy. Don Juan is recognized as a masterpiece of psychological portraiture and has been the subject of countless analyses. He has been diagnosed as a misogynist, a repressed homosexual, a misanthrope, a narcissist. However he may be interpreted, the reader senses that in Don Juan, Tirso was probing a dark area of the human spirit. Tirso is known for his realistic and penetrating psychological portraits of women. His female characters are forceful, cunning, witty and courageous, and their frank and unabashed sexuality is striking for the age?so much so that Tirso was censured and eventual banished from Madrid.
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