Cyrano de Bergerac (play)

Cyrano de Bergerac
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Cyrano de Bergerac, the man for whom the play is named and upon whose life it is based
Written byEdmond Rostand
Characters
Date premiered28 December 1897
Original languageFrench
GenreRomance
SettingFrance, 1640

Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. There was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, and the play is a fictionalisation following the broad outlines of his life.

The entire play is written in verse, in rhyming couplets of twelve syllables per line, very close to the classical alexandrine form, but the verses sometimes lack a caesura. It is also meticulously researched, down to the names of the members of the Académie française and the dames précieuses glimpsed before the performance in the first scene.

The play has been translated and performed many times, and it is responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language.[1] Cyrano (the character) is in fact famed for his panache, and he himself makes reference to "my panache" in the play. The two most famous English translations are those by Brian Hooker and Anthony Burgess.

  1. ^ Edmond Rostand (1 September 1998). Cyrano de Bergerac: A Heroic Comedy in Five Acts. ISBN 9780192836434. Retrieved 17 March 2012.

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