Tirso de Molina
Tirso de Molina was a Spanish playwright, poet, and Roman Catholic monk of the Baroque era. He is one of the most important figures of the Spanish Golden Age of literature and is best known for his plays, particularly 'El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra', which introduced the character of Don Juan to European theatre. Born Gabriel Téllez in Madrid around 1579, he wrote over 400 plays, with themes ranging from religious to comedic, and his work had a significant influence on Spanish literature and theatre.
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"The Trickster of Seville and His Guest of Stone" is a classic Spanish play that tells the story of a libertine nobleman who seduces women and leaves them, refusing to marry. His actions lead to severe consequences when he invites a statue of a man he has wronged to dinner. The statue, representing divine justice, accepts the invitation and later reciprocates, leading to the protagonist's downfall. The play is widely recognized for introducing the legendary character of the seductive rogue to the world of literature.