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Cyrano de Bergerac (Dover Thrift Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Edmond Rostand
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Book Description

Widely considered the most popular modern French play, Cyrano de Bergerac has dazzled audiences with its wit and eloquence since it premiered in 1897.
Cyrano, a quarrelsome, hot-tempered swordsman, as famous for his dueling skills and pugnacity as for his inordinately long nose, is hopelessly enamored of the beautiful Roxane. She, in turn, is in love with Christian, a handsome but inarticulate and slow-witted suitor. Asked for help by Christian in wooing Roxane, Cyrano pours out his heart in romantic dialogues — delivered under cover of night and dense foliage — and through ardent love letters written in the name of Christian.
Presented here in a rich blank verse translation by poet Louis Untermeyer, this beloved romantic comedy will be warmly received by theater buffs as well as students and teachers of drama and literature.


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Savien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) French soldier, satirist, and dramatist, whose life has been the basis of many romantic but unhistorical legends. The best-known of them is Edmond Rostand's verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac (1897). Bergerac's major works were two posthumously published accounts of fantastic voyages, VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (1657) and L'HISTOIRE DES ÉTATS ET EMPIRES DU SOLEIL (1662).

Carol Clark is an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. She taught French there for many years, lecturing particularly on seventeenth and nineteenth-century topics. She has previously translated Baudelaire and Proust for Penguin.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0486411192
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (4 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A739X26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panache 20 Oct. 2010
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I already have this play in book form, but it is a personal favourite of mine and as I could get this for free I just had to download it so that I could always have it with me. I have had a contretemps with someone before, so I will make it clear, Cyrano was a very real person, who did have a large nose, although not as large as is usually portrayed. He was a dramtist and duellist who was very well known in his lifetime, he also wrote some great satires. Edmond Rostand did do research before writing this and so Cyrano is not the only character who appears who really existed. It was a hit when first performed, and was translated and performed in other countries as well, and is arguably the reason that the word panache entered the English language.

Cyrano is in love, but so is another with the same woman, and so Cyrano decides to help him, by composing verses, etc. and teaching him the finer points of wooing. Cyrano shows himself larger than life here, both in battle and duelling, whilst keeping quiet about his love.

This isn't the best translation but the story is here, and hopefuly if you decide to download it you will see why it has always remained popular, and indeed why it is one of my personal favourites. I should point out that though there are real characters here, the story itself is fictional.
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By Sophie
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A simple story with an inevitable ending. It is lovely but maybe a little too sickly sweet for my liking. It needs more depth, what you read is it, there is not possibility of analysing it further or thinking about this piece, and that is why it does not appeal to me in the slightest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The play that brought us the word panache 21 April 2012
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I first encountered this play 40 years ago in a radio broadcast. It starred Ralph Richardson and (I think) Peggy Ashcroft, and I well remember the emotional impact of the closing scene. Rostand's play was magnificently translated by Fry: a theatrical classic.
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By Seb
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I wanted to read this for a long time, so when an opportunity came to select a read for the local book club, I couldn't resist. the story is well known and so there are few surprises. I think for its age, it still relates well to modern life and that sense of un-requited love that we all experience at some time in our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars . 12 April 2013
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Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. All the titles I've always wanted to read and for free - this is my kind of kindle heaven. I love the way they arrive on your kindle, they're so quick, it's like magic. Thank you public domain!
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One of my favourites. English translation is decent, although rendering the author's intent entirely is impossible, especially when written in verses and with such wittiness.

Still a great read!
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