Edmond Eugène Joseph Alexis Rostand was born in Marseilles on 1 April 1868. Besides his famous heroic verse drama,

Cyrano de Bergerac

(1897), he wrote other verse plays successful in their time, such as

L’Aiglon

(

The Eaglet

,

1900) and

Chantecler

(1910). He also published four volumes of verse. The success of

Cyrano de Bergerac

brought Rostand worldwide fame. He died in 1918 from the Spanish flu.

Edmond Rostand was born into a cultured and affluent Marseilles family in the final years of the Third Empire. His father Eugène was a financier and a poet, who translated Catullus into French, and with his brother Alexis, financier and musician, wrote several successful oratorios. Rostand’s mother was an accomplished storyteller and held a salon popular with literary, musical and political

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