Easton Press: CYRANO De BERGERAC: ROSTAND: FRENCH LOVE PLAY: ROXANE

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Year Printed 2004

Country/Region Of Manufacture United States

Topic French Play of Love

Binding Leather

Region Europe

Illustrator Frontispiece portrait of Rostand

Author Edmond Rostand

Subject Literature & Fiction

Language English

Character Family Cyrano & Roxane

Publisher Easton Press 100 Greatest

Special Attributes Luxury Edition

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Easton Press leather edition of Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac," a COLLECTOR'S edition, Translated and introduced by Louis Untermeyer, Illustrated by Pierre Brissaud, one of the 100 GREATEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN series, published in 2004. Edmond Rostand, who lived from 1868-1914, was a French playwright. In Paris, in the year 1640, a brilliant poet and swordsman named Cyrano de Bergerac finds himself deeply in love with his beautiful, intellectual cousin Roxane. Despite Cyrano’s brilliance and charisma, a shockingly large nose afflicts his appearance, and he considers himself too ugly even to risk telling Roxane his feelings. One night, Cyrano goes to the playhouse at the Hotel de Bourgogne to make trouble: he has forbidden the actor Montfleury to take the stage for one month, but Montfleury plans to perform in the night’s production of _La Clorise,_ with Roxane in the audience. Also in the audience is a young, handsome nobleman named Christian, who confides in his friend Ligniere that he loves Roxane. When Montfleury takes the stage, Cyrano bullies him off it. A group of aristocrats tries to send Cyrano away, but he challenges them all to a duel. He fights Valvert, a Vicomte whom the Comte de Guiche has selected as a husband for Roxane. As he fights, Cyrano improvises a poem about the duel. Then, upon speaking his last line, Cyrano thrusts his sword home. His victory causes a sensation, and Roxane’s duenna brings him a message from her mistress, asking him to meet her in the morning. As he agrees, he learns that Ligniere has offended a powerful nobleman with his latest satire and that a hundred men are waiting to ambush him on his way home. Cyrano boldly proclaims that he will see Ligniere safely home and, if necessary, fight all hundred men in the process. 210 pages---a RARE title. I offer combined shipping.

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