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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.


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Je ne veux que voir la Victoire.

Ne me demandez pas: “Après?”

Apres, je veux bien la nuit noire

Et le sommeil sous les cyprès.

Je n’ai plus de joie à poursuivre

Et je n’ai plus rien à souffrir.

Vaincu, je ne pourrais pas vivre,

Et, vainqueur, on pourra mourir.



(I only want to see Victory.

Do not ask me: “What then?”

Then I will happily accept black night

And sleep beneath the cypresses.

There is no more joy for me to seek,

There is no more sorrow for me to endure.

Conquered, I could not live;

As a conqueror, one may die.)


                               Edmond Rostand



This poem was found amongst Edmond Rostand’s papers after his death

from the Spanish flu on 2nd December 2018.


“The four years when France was at war were to be the last four years

of Rostand’s life. They would also be the saddest, though he was to

experience unexpected joy, too. Rostand was devastated by the war. His

imagination could envisage all too clearly the horrors of the battlefield,

as in the Wagram scene in L’Aiglon; his compassionate heart suffered

deeply with the bereaved and wounded. The poet who had put his heart

and soul into his hero Cyrano longed to fight for his country, but had

to content himself with putting all his energy and passionate love for

France into serving and inspiring those who did fight for her.”


Extract from The Man who was Cyrano, a Life of Edmond Rostand.




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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.