"Don Juan is the dashing, wanton, blasphemous libertine, first immortalized in Tirso de Molina’s play El Burlador de Sevilla of 1630, who found currency in the best of European literature since and captured the imagination, not only of the Spanish people, but of writers and musicians around the world"
"In his memoirs, Zorilla tells us how he was told of the death of Spanish essayist Larra by a well-known literary figure, Mossard, who suggested he write something for the burial, and which could later be published. Zorilla stayed up all night to complete the work which shot him to fame and fortune. " The work was Don Juan Tenorio
Whatever the literary origins of the legend of Don Juan may be, he certainly caught the imagination of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Italians took a pantomime version to France in 1657, and there, after attempts by Dorimund and De Villiers, it rooted in a successful version by Molíère