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- ISBN: 9781593083878 | 1593083874
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 5/1/2008
Cyrano de Bergerac, byEdmond Rostand, is part of theBarnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features ofBarnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest.Barnes & Noble Classicspulls together a constellation of influencesbiographical, historical, and literaryto enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. One of the most beloved heroes of the stage, Cyrano de Bergerac is a magnificent wit who, despite his many gifts, feels that no woman can ever love him because of his enormous nose. He adores the beautiful Roxanne but, lacking courage, decides instead to help the tongue-tied but winsome Christian woo the fair lady by providing him with flowery sentiments and soulful poetry. Roxanne is smittenbut is it Christian she loves or Cyrano? A triumph from the moment of its 1897 premiere,Cyrano de Bergerachas become one of the most frequently produced plays in the world. Its perennial popularity is a tribute to the universal appeal of its themes and characters. Peter Connoris Associate Professor of French and comparative literature at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author ofGeorges Bataille and the Mysticism of Sin(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).