|Balzac, Honore De|
|Hofmansthal, Hugo von|
|Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de|
|Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de|
Edmond Rostand was born in 1868 and died in 1918. Like that other French verse playwright of a few hundred years earlier (Molière). Rostand's father prepared him for a life of security by sending him to law school. He actually completed his studies and passed the bar, but poetry and literature drew him from the straight and narrow. After publishing several books of poetry he branched out into playwriting and Les Romanesques was produced in 1894. Although not the resounding success of his one great play, Cyrano de Bergerac, it was reborn in the 1960's in New York City as The Fantastiks, which now has a longer run and more productions than all the Cyranos put together. After Cyrano he wrote L'aiglon (The Eaglet) and Chantecler, both of which were disappointments. His last play, The Last Night of Don Juan, opened four years after his death and underwhelmed critics and audience alike.