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Cyrano's homosexuality was first explicitly hypothesized by Jacques Prévot in He received his first education from a country priest, and had for a fellow pupil his friend and future biographer Henri Lebret. He then proceeded to Paris, and the heart of the Latin Quarter , to the college de Dormans-Beauvais, [1] where he had as master Jean Grangier, whom he afterwards ridiculed in his comedy Le Pédant joué The Pedant Tricked of At the age of nineteen, he entered a corps of the guards, serving in the campaigns of and His unique past allowed him to make unique contributions to French art.

One author, Ishbel Addyman, varies from other biographers and claims that he was not a Gascon aristocrat , but a descendant of a Sardinian fishmonger and that the Bergerac appellation stemmed from a small estate near Paris where he was born, and not in Gascony, and that he may have suffered tertiary syphilis.

She also claims that he may likely have been homosexual and around became the lover of Charles Coypeau d'Assoucy , [46] a writer and musician, until around , when they became engaged in a bitter rivalry. This led to Bergerac sending d'Assoucy death threats that compelled him to leave Paris. The quarrel extended to a series of satirical texts by both men. He also associated with Théophile de Viau , the French poet and libertine.

He is said to have left the military and returned to Paris to pursue literature, producing tragedies cast in the orthodox classical mode. The model for the Roxane character of the Rostand play was Bergerac's cousin, who lived with his sister, Catherine de Bergerac, at the Convent of the Daughter of the Cross. As in the play, Bergerac did fight at the Siege of Arras a battle of the Thirty Years' War between French and Spanish forces in France though this was not the more famous final Battle of Arras , fought fourteen years later.

One of his confrères in the battle was the Baron Christian of Neuvillette, who married Cyrano's cousin. However, the plotline of Rostand's play, Cyrano de Bergerac , involving Roxane and Christian is entirely fictional. Cyrano was a pupil of French polymath Pierre Gassendi , a canon of the Catholic Church who tried to reconcile Epicurean atomism with Christianity.

Cyrano de Bergerac's works L'Autre Monde: In the former, Cyrano travels to the moon using rockets powered by firecrackers it may be the earliest description of a space flight by use of a vessel that has rockets attached and meets the inhabitants. The moon-men have four legs, firearms that shoot game and cook it, and talking earrings used to educate children. His mixture of science and romance in the last two works furnished a model for many subsequent writers, among them Jonathan Swift , Edgar Allan Poe and probably Voltaire.

Corneille and Molière freely borrowed ideas from Le Pédant joué. The play suggests that he was injured by a falling wooden beam in while entering the house of his patron, the Duc D'Arpajon.

However the academic and editor of Cyrano's works, Madeleine Alcover, uncovered a contemporary text which suggests an attack on the Duke's carriage in which a member of his household was injured.

It is as yet inconclusive as to whether or not his death was a result of the injury, or an unspecified disease. He was buried in a church in Sannois. However, there is strong evidence to support the theory that his death was a result of a botched assassination attempt as well as further damage to his health caused by a period of confinement in a private asylum, orchestrated by his enemies, who succeeded in enlisting the help of his own brother Abel de Cyrano.

This play, which became Rostand's most successful work, revolves around 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. The play has been made into operas and adapted for cinema several times and reworked in other literary forms and as a ballet. It bears no resemblance to Rostand's play apart from the characteristics of the de Bergerac character.

Cyrano also appears as one of the main characters of the Riverworld series of books by Philip José Farmer. Kennedy 's novel So I Am Glad , the narrator finds de Bergerac has appeared in her modern-day house share. Heinlein 's novel Glory Road , Oscar Gordon fights a character who is not named, but is obviously Cyrano. The novel by Adam Browne , Pyrotechnicon: Fiction poetry with the premise that Cyrano wrote a sequence of 57 sonnets during the last year of his life.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the French dramatist. For the play by Edmond Rostand, see Cyrano de Bergerac play. For other works with this title, see Cyrano de Bergerac disambiguation.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. At the time, it was usual for a baptism to take place within 3 days of birth and in Paris, with easy access to a priest, it would have been possible that it happened on the same day.

However, the actual date remains unknown. Therefore he was born before In the 18th century, the estate of Bergerac returned to its old name of Sous-Forets. Nom d'un personnage de pédant dans Première journée , fragment d'histoire comique de Théophile de Viau.

He had studied at the collège de Beauvais in the time of Principal Granger. It is said that he was still studying rhetoric when he wrote his Pédant joué about the principal. There are a few passable parts in that piece, but all the rest falls flat.

Il avait étudié au collège de Beauvais du temps du principal Granger. On dit qu'il était encore en rhétorique quand il fit son Pédant joué sur ce principal. Il y a quelque peu d'endroits passables en cette pièce, mais tout le reste est bien plat. But the expression is an invention of the 19th century and appears nowhere in the works of Sorel. Facebook Google Plus Twitter.

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