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Cyrano de Bergerac: A Heroic Comedy in Five Acts (Oxford World's Classics)

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`Tonight When I make my sweeping bow at heaven's gate, One thing I shall still possess, at any rate, Unscathed, something outlasting mortal flesh, And that is ... My panache.'

The first English translation of Cyrano de Bergerac, in 1898, introduced the word panache into the English language. This single word summed up Rostand's rejection of the social realism which dominated late nineteenth-century theatre. He wrote his `heroic comedy', unfashionably, in verse, and set it in the reign of Louis XIII and the Three Musketeers. Based on the life of a little known writer, Rostand's hero has become a figure of theatrical legend: Cyrano, with the nose of a clown and the soul of a poet, is by turns comic and sad, as reckless in love as in war, and never at a loss for words. Audiences immediately took him to their hearts, and since the triumphant opening night in December 1897 - at the height of the Dreyfus Affair - the play has never lost its appeal. The text is accompanied by notes and a full introduction which sets the play in its literary and historical context. Christopher Fry's acclaimed translation into `chiming couplets' represents the homage of one verse dramatist to another.

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Based on the life of a little known writer, Rostand's hero has become a figure of theatrical legend: Cyrano, with the nose of a clown and the soul of a poet, is by turns comic and sad, as reckless in love as in war, and never at a loss for words.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. xxiii-xxiv).

About the Author

Nicholas Cronk is a Fellow and Tutor in French at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Christopher Fry is a verse playwright. He is the author of many well-known plays including The Lady's not for Burning.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192836434
Subtitle:
A Heroic Comedy in Five Acts
Translator:
Fry, Christopher
Translator:
Fry, Christopher
Introduction:
Cronk, Nicholas
Author:
null, Nicholas
Author:
Cronk, Nicholas
Author:
Rostand, Edmond
Author:
null, Edmond
Author:
Null, Christopher
Author:
Fry, Christopher
Other:
Fry, Christopher
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Authors, french
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | France
Subject:
Cyrano de Bergerac
Subject:
France History 17th century.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no.29
Publication Date:
19981119
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
5.100 x 7.600 in 0.331 lb

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