Limited edition hardcover, only 100 made. Fighter, drinker, poet, rogue—all of these and more was Cyrano, who rode so gayly into the intrigue that was shaking Louis XIII’s kingdom of... More > France. More than a year after the events narrated by H. Bedford-Jones in "The King’s Passport," a now-rundown, ragged and drunken Cyrano stumbles upon another conspiracy in the Spring of 1642 which breathes new life into the former guardsman—as does the encounter with a red-headed woman. And so it’s time again for Hector Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac to serve a lady, ride a road, pluck a lute and swing a sword….< Less
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
A Voyage to the Moon
Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac has recently acquired a new lease of fame as the hero of Edmond Rostand's romantic comedy. Probably he is better known in France as... More > a fighter than as a wit and a poet. Born about 1620, he entered the Regiment of the Guards in his nineteenth year, and quickly became renowned for his bravery. He was an indefatigable duellist; when he was about twenty years old, he found a hundred men assembled to insult one of his friends, and he attacked them, killed two, mortally wounded seven, and dispersed all the rest. He died at Paris in 1655, struck by a huge beam falling into the street. As an author he was strangely underrated by his fellow-countrymen. Molière was the only man who really appreciated him.< Less
A Voyage to the Moon (or The Other World: Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon) was the first of three satirical novels written by Cyrano de Bergerac, that are considered among the... More > first Science Fiction stories. Arthur C Clark credited this book with being the first example of a rocket-powered space flight, and for inventing the ramjet. It was published after the author's death, in 1657.< Less
A strange Englishman journeys down through France to an old chateau, determined to find out why the girl who loved him sent the letter that drove him into a mental institution. Still haunted by... More > flashbacks of their Paris affair and walking the uncertain edge of sanity, he talks far into the night with the evanescent figure of Cyrano de Bergerac about why he is being followed and threatened … and hoping for a small miracle.
From the independent judge’s medal award:
“From the outset the reader is made to care, desperate to know what brought him to this state. And, as with all the best stories, one cannot guess the final denouement. This is a finely crafted story of an enduring love that becomes an obsession. This writer knows how to build tension, create three dimensional characters and write realistic dialogue.”< Less
Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac was a French dramatist and duelist from the seventeenth century. In fictional works about his life he is featured with an overly large nose, which people would... More > travel from miles around to see.
This work is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. Although there was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, the play is a fictionalization of his life that follows the broad outlines of it in five acts.
The entire play is written in verse, in rhyming couplets of 12 syllables per line, very close to the Alexandrine format, but the verses sometimes lack a caesura. It is also meticulously researched, down to the names of the members of the Académie française and the dames précieuses glimpsed before the performance in the first scene.
The play has been translated and performed many times, and is responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language. Cyrano is in fact famed for his panache, and the play ends with him saying "My panache." just before his death.< Less
LIBRARY QUALITY CASEBOUND HARDBACK: This is the first full-length biography of Edmond Rostand to be published in English. Readers will discover a sensitive, modest poet, overwhelmed by the demands of... More > his fame, but determined, in spite of suffering from periods of depression, to fulfil what he saw as his life’s work, inspiring others with his own idealistic enthusiasm. The author, Sue Lloyd, is known worldwide as an editor of Roget's Thesaurus and author of Improve Your Word Power from Longmen English Guides. This special hardback edition is not available from bookstores, or other online booksellers. It is available exclusively to U.S. readers at this location for a limited time only!< Less
Hercule Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, a cadet (nobleman serving as a soldier) in the French Army, is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents. In addition to being a remarkable duelist, he is a... More > gifted, joyful poet and is also shown to be a musician. However, he has an extremely large nose, which is the reason for his own self-doubt. This doubt prevents him from expressing his love for his distant cousin, the beautiful and intellectual heiress Roxane, as he believes that his ugliness denies him the "dream of being loved by even an ugly woman."< Less