The Man Who Was Cyrano

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Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac was first performed in Paris in 1897 and has never been off the stage since. But although his play is world-famous, Rostand himself is a shadowy figure to most of us. This biography attempts to give a clearer picture of the man who put many of his own characteristics and ideals into his hero Cyrano.

 

This is the first full-length biography of Edmond Rostand in English. It relates the poet’s life to his work, showing how Rostand expressed his own character and ideals in his heroes, especially Cyrano. The book throws new light on the origins of Rostand’s most famous play, and introduces readers to his other plays, such as Chantecler, thought by many to be his masterpiece. Written for the non-specialist, but with much to offer to specialists too, it portrays Rostand as a sensitive, modest man, who found his sudden fame hard to bear. In spite of periods of depression, however, he continued to write, hoping to continue to inspire the 

French public with his own idealistic attitude to life through his plays and poetry.

Although his play, Cyrano de Bergerac, is world-famous, Rostand himself is a shadowy figure to most of us. This biography attempts to give a clearer picture of the man who put many of his own characteristics and ideals into his hero Cyrano.

 

Sue Lloyd is a recognised authority on Edmond Rostand and his work.

Originally published in the USA (UP, Bloomington, Indiana, 2003), this edition was published in 2007 by the Genge Press, 45 Quay St., Minehead, TA24 5UL, England, gengepress@btinternet.com .
ISBN 978-0-9549043-1-9    Paperback edition 376 +xii pages, including notes, appendix of translations and editions, bibliography and index. 

Price £15.00