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Cyrano de Bergerac

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Cyrano de Bergerac
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Real Name

Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac


March 6, 1619


July 28, 1655

Historical Background

Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French dramatist and duelist. In fictional works about his life he is featured with an overly large nose, which people would travel from miles around to see. Portraits suggest that he did have a big nose, though not nearly as large as described in works about him. Cyrano's work furnished models and ideas for subsequent writers.


In 1897, the French poet Edmond Rostand published a play, Cyrano de Bergerac, on the subject of Cyrano's life. This play, by far Rostand's most successful work, concentrates on Cyrano's love for the beautiful Roxane, whom he is obliged to woo on behalf of a more conventionally handsome but less articulate friend, Christian de Neuvillette.

Public Domain Comic Appearances

  • Kid Eternity #9

Public domain movie appearance

Cyrano de Bergerac, by Carl Foreman, dir. Michael Gordon, prod. Stanley Kramer, United Artists, 1950. In the public domain from lack of copyright renewal.

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