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Cyrano de Bergerac

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ISBN-10: 0199539235

ISBN-13: 9780199539239

Edition: 2009

Authors: Edmond Rostand, Nicholas Cronk, Christopher Fry

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List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.14" tall
Weight: 0.308
Language: English

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 �TATS ET EMPIRES DU SOLEIL (1662).

Success came to Christopher Fry after 38 years of living close to poverty. He was born in Bristol, where his father, a poor architect, turned to lay missionary work in the slums. In 1940, after alternating between teaching and acting, Fry became the director of the excellent Oxford Playhouse. As a Quaker conscientious objector, he refused to bear arms in World War II. He was first discovered by critics and connoisseurs in 1946, when a small London theater staged A Phoenix Too Frequent, his version of the perennial story of the widow who accepts a new lover while mourning beside her husband's grave. Three years later, John Gielgud's production of The Lady's Not for Burning (1949) brought Fry…