Cyrano de Bergerac
Publication Date: November 28, 2006
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The legendary romance about a quick-witted swashbuckler whose nose is as big as his heart
Set during the reign of Louis XIII, Cyrano de Bergerac is a play about one of the most estimable characters in literature. Desperately in love with the beautiful Roxane but convinced she will never look past his titanic proboscis, Cyrano helps the tongue-tied Christian pen exquisite verse with which to woo her. Presented in an elegant new translation, this comic adventure continues to be popular for its dramatic power and, above all, its magnetic hero.
* Includes an introduction, chronology, explanatory notes, and historical note
Edmond Rostand (18681918) was a French playwright whose other works include The Princess Faraway, The Woman of Samaria, and L’Aiglon.
Carol Clark is an emeritus fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. She has previously translated Baudelaire for Penguin Classics.