This is Edmond Rostand's immortal play in which chivalry and wit, bravery and love are forever captured in the timeless spirit of romance. Set in Louis XIII's reign, it is the moving and exciting drama of one of the finest swordsmen in France, gallant soldier, brilliant wit, tragic poet-lover with the face of a clown. Rostand's extraordinary lyric powers gave birth to a universal hero--Cyrano de Bergerac--and ensured his own reputation as author of one of the best-loved plays in the literature of the stage.
Cyrano's work furnished models and ideas for subsequent writers. He was the son of Abel de Cyrano, lord of Mauvieres and Bergerac, and Esperance Bellanger.
Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand (1 April 1868 – 2 December 1918) was a French poet and dramatist. He is associated with neo-romanticism, and is best known for his play Cyrano de Bergerac. He was born in Marseille, France, into a wealthy and cultured Provençal family. He studied literature, history, and philosophy at the Collège Stanislas in Paris, France. In the 1900s, he came to live in the Villa Arnaga in Cambo-les-Bains in the French Basque Country looking for a cure for his pleurisy. The house is now a heritage site and a museum of Rostand's life and Basque architecture and crafts. Rostand died in 1918, a victim of the flu pandemic, and is buried in the Cimetière de Marseille.
Translated from the French by Gladys Thomas and Mary F. Gullemard.
1898. First U.K. Edition. Small octavo (18.5cm) Original two-toned green cloth with hand-decorated spine.
CONDITION: Two tone green bindings. Very slight clean split on top of pages 277 & 279. 'Presentation Copy' paper embossed on title page. Spine corners gently bumped with very slight soling and binding still tight with very slight wobble. Gentle scuffs and wear on front and back boards. Clean pages with no markings. Very little foxing, some browning consistent with age around edge of pages. (See photos for details.)