Edmond Rostand

Edmond Rostand (ĕdmôN´ rôstäN´), 1868–1918, French poet and dramatist. In 1890 appeared his first volume of verse, Les Musardises. His first plays were light, fanciful, and charmingly poetic, though of slight substance—Les Romanesques (1894, tr., The Romancers, 1899); La Princesse lointaine (1895, tr. The Princess Faraway, 1899), written for Sarah Bernhardt; and La Samaritaine (1897, tr. The Woman of Samaria, from his Plays, 1921). They were followed by Cyrano de Bergerac (1897, tr. 1923), a tour de force of dramatic poetry. The role of Cyrano was made memorable by the acting of Coquelin aîné, Richard Mansfield, and, on the screen (1950), Jose Ferrer. In 1900 Rostand wrote L'Aiglon, whose central figure is the pathetic duke of Reichstadt (Napoleon II), a role long played by Sarah Bernhardt. His barnyard fable Chantecler (1910) was played in the United States by Maude Adams.

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FREE! Plays of Edmond Rostand
Henderson Daingerfield Norman; Edmond Rostand.
The Macmillan Company, vol.1, 1921
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Cyrano of Bergerac," "The Princess Far Away," "The Woman of Samaria," and "The Romantics"
FREE! Plays of Edmond Rostand
Henderson Daingerfield Norman; Ivan Glidden.
The Macmillan Company, vol.2, 1921
FREE! Cyrano de Bergerac
Edmond Rostand; Helen B. Dole.
T. Y. Crowell, 1899
FREE! Essays on Modern Dramatists
William Lyon Phelps.
Books for Libraries Press, 1921
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Edmond Rostand"
World Drama from Aeschylus to Anouilh
Allardyce Nicoll.
Harcourt Brace, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "French Fantansy and Flamboyance: Rostand and Maeterlinck" begins on p. 614
An Outline of Contemporary Drama
Thomas H. Dickinson.
Houghton Mifflin, 1927
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Fourteen "The New Romance"
FREE! Aspects of Modern Drama
Frank Wadleigh Chandler.
Macmillan, 1914
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Varieties of Romance"
Guide to Great Plays
Joseph T. Shipley.
Public Affairs Press, 1956
Librarian’s tip: "Cyrano de Bergerac" begins on p. 557
Authors Today and Yesterday: A Companion Volume to Living Authors
Stanley J. Kunitz; Howard Haycraft; Wilbur C. Hadden.
H.W. Wilson, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "Edmond Rostand 1868-1918" begins on p. 588
The Theatre of Don Juan: A Collection of Plays and Views, 1630-1963
Oscar Mandel.
University of Nebraska Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Includes Rostand's play "The Last Night of Don Juan" and criticism begins on p. 569
The Contemporary French Theatre: The Flight from Naturalism
Joseph Chiari.
Camelot Press, 1958
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Edmond Rostand"
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