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the play by French poet-dramatist Edmond Rostand, is famous all over the world. Edmond Rostand was born in Marseilles, France, on 1st April 1868 and died in Paris on 2nd December 1918. Genge Press has set up this web site in 2018 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edmond Rostand’s death and the 150th anniversary of his birth


Sue Lloyd (Susan M.Lloyd, née Emmerson) gained her honours degree in French at Bristol University and then trained as a teacher. She gained an M Phil degree for her thesis: “Edmond Rostand’s Success: Cyrano de Bergerac” at the University of East Anglia before editing major new editions of Roget’s Thesaurus for Longman and Penguin Books. While continuing to work as an editor and lexicographer, Sue continued her research into Edmond Rostand and his work. The result was her biography of Rostand: The Man who was Cyrano.


As a British authority on Edmond Rostand and his work, Sue has contributed talks and/or programme notes to UK productions of Cyrano de Bergerac at the National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as programme notes for the Royal Opera House’s production of Franco Alfano’s opera Cyrano de Bergerac.   Her essays on Edmond Rostand himself, his play Chantecler, and (in preparation) Cyrano de Bergerac, are available to universities and colleges worldwide on the online Literary Encyclopedia, Sue was honoured to take part in the conference at Villa Arnaga, Cambo-les-bains, on the occasion of Chantecler’s centenary and also took part in the 2018 anniversary celebrations there in September. See News below.



was set up in 2003 by Sue Lloyd to publish books by or about Edmond Rostand. To see our other titles, including local history, please check out That web site also has a comprehensive bibliography of works by and about Edmond Rostand, and a list of plays by our own British poet dramatist, Christopher Fry.


Great-grand-mother Genge




a new feature!

Les Rois Mages


Ils perdirent l’Étoile, un soir. Pourquoi perd-on

L’Étoile ? Pour l’avoir parfois trop regardée …

Les deux Rois Blancs, étant des savants de Chaldée,

Tracèrent sur le sol des cercles, au bâton.


Ils firent des calculs, grattèrent leur menton …

Mais l’Étoile avait fui comme fuit une idée.

Et ces hommes dont l’âme eut soif d’être guidée

Pleurèrent en dressant les tentes de coton.


Mais le pauvre Roi Noir, méprisé des deux autres,

Se dit : « Pensons aux soifs qui ne sont pas les nôtres.

Il faut donner quand même à boire aux animaux ».


Et tandis qu’il tenait un seau d’eau par son anse,

Dans l’humble rond de ciel où buvaient les chameaux

Il vit l’Étoile d’or qui dansait en silence.


Edmond Rostand, Le Cantique de l’Aile


The Three Wise Kings


They lost the Star, one evening. How does one lose

The Star? Sometimes from gazing on it too much ...

The two White Kings, being Chaldean wise men,

Traced circles in the sand with their staffs.


They made calculations, stroked their chins ...

But the Star had fled, as ideas do.

And these men, whose souls thirsted for guidance,

Wept as they pitched their flimsy tents.


But the poor Black King, whom the others despised,

Said to himself, “There are thirsts not our own.

We must still give water to the animals”.


And as he held the bucket out towards them,

In the small circle of sky where the camels were drinking,

He saw the Star of gold, silently dancing there.











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The web site for the Museum of Musical History,, is to mark the centenary of Edmond Rostand’s death on 2nd December 1918, by devoting its ‘Image of the Month’ page in December to his connections with music. The page will be illustrated and will feature my essay on the numerous pieces of music inspired by Rostand and his works.


The site goes live at midnight on the first of December.



  ' The Last Night of Don Juan' and

'The Woman of Samaria' are now available on Kindle,

priced at £2.64 and £2.80 respectively


2018 Colloque at Arnaga, Cambo-les-bains, France


The Colloque  took place in September at Arnaga, Rostand’s villa, now a museum in his memory. Over twenty Rostand researchers from universities all over France (and beyond) lectured on aspects of Edmond Rostand’s work. My own contribution,  « Amour sacré et amour profane dans le théâtre de Rostand », explored this topic in relation to La Samaritaine and La Dernière Nuit de Don Juan.