The Alexander Korda film “The Private Life of Don Juan” was the last film made by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. A sort of ironic riff on Fairbanks’ own myth, rather like “Don Juan” was for Byron.
In a couple of weeks I’ll be publishing my Annotated Cantos I + II to celebrate the two-hundredth anniversary of their first publication in 1819. What can you expect to find in the PDF e-book?
Probably the best way to describe what’s there is to show you part of a page: this is from the early part of Canto I. Don José, Juan’s father, has just died and Juan has come into his inheritance.
A few notes on what you can see here.
- The header shows the lines of the poem on this page.
- The Stanzas are numbered in Roman numerals because… that’s how the poem was first printed.
- The poem occupies the left-side of every page where it appears, and…
- Notes occupy the right-hand column, mostly.
- Although hardly invisible here, the words, phrases that are annotated have subtle underlines.
- There are ’timing marks’ to allow synchronisation between the recording and the text
I hope you will follow the narration and skim the notes if you have time. Then, return to the text when and notes later when you have time to read.