Lost Manuscript By Famed Playwright Edmond Rostand Found In Archives

July 31, 2009

France (ChattahBox) – A previously unseen work by famed playwright, Edmond Rostand, has been found in the French archives, more than a hundred years after the ‘French Shakespeare’ tried to have all copies destroyed.

Rostand is celebrated for his play Cyrano de Bergerac, in which a man with a comically large nose woos the heart of a young woman with the power of his words. But his first play was not so loved by the critics.

The Red Glove, a piece written with another writer, caused outrage in the relatively conservative age. It shows women in corsets, men in their underclothes, and wax statues attempting to seduce women as they walked by a shop.

According to The Telegraph, one newspaper at the time even described it as having “not a single spiritual word”.

Rostand was so devastated by the bad reviews and theater walkouts, that he paid the theater to remove it from their roster, and destroyed all copies of the manuscript. All but one, that is.

But Professor Michel Forrier has found an unsigned copy, which was placed in a censored area of the French archives more than a century ago, and apparently forgotten.

“He was so wounded by his first theatrical venture that he left prose theatre for verse. Without this failure, which allowed him to improve his style and find his voice, he might never have produced his masterpiece ten years later,” he was quoted.


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