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

Cyrano de Bergerac: A Heroic Comedy in Five Acts (Oxford World's Classics) By Edmond Rostand, Christopher Fry (Translator), Nicholas Cronk (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Edmond Rostand, Christopher Fry (Translator), Nicholas Cronk (Introduction by)
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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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Product Details
ISBN: 9780199539239
ISBN-10: 0199539235
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: August 31st, 2009
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics