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The Romancers A Comedy in Three Acts   By: (1868-1918)

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Edmond Rostand's The Romancers: A Comedy in Three Acts takes readers on a delightful journey through the whimsical world of young love. Set in a small village, the play tells the story of two headstrong fathers who, concerned about their children's innocent infatuation, devise a plan to separate them. Little do they know, their scheme only serves to ignite the flame of love even further.

Rostand masterfully crafts a plot filled with comedic twists and turns, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as the young protagonists navigate the challenges thrown their way. The characters are richly developed, each with their unique quirks and flaws that make them relatable and endearing.

One of the most enchanting aspects of this play is Rostand's skilled use of language. The dialogue flows effortlessly, with quick-witted banter and beautifully written poetic lines that capture the essence of young love. With every word, the playwright captures the sweetness and innocence of these young romancers, tugging at the heartstrings of readers.

The Romancers also explores the themes of authenticity, freedom, and the power of love. Through the portrayal of their journey, Rostand challenges societal norms and the artificial barriers that hinder true love from blossoming. This play serves as a reminder that love cannot be confined nor manipulated, but rather thrives in its purest and most genuine form.

Furthermore, the play's setting adds to its charm. The idyllic village, with its lush gardens and hidden nooks, becomes a character in itself, providing a whimsical backdrop to the unfolding love story. Each aspect of the setting is meticulously described, immersing readers in a world where reality blends seamlessly with fantasy.

While The Romancers is undeniably a comedic tale, it also carries a deeper message about the nature of love and the importance of staying true to oneself. Rostand's storytelling prowess, combined with his ability to intertwine humor and poignancy, makes this play a true delight to read.

Overall, The Romancers is a charming and enchanting play that captures the complexities of young love. With its vibrant characters, witty dialogue, and poignant themes, Edmond Rostand's work is a testament to the enduring power of romance. This comedy in three acts is a must-read for anyone seeking a heartwarming and thought-provoking literary experience.

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THE ROMANCERS (Les Romanesques)

Comedy in Three Acts by EDMOND ROSTAND

Translated by Barrett H. Clark 1915

[[ Untitled INTRODUCTORY NOTES from 1915 publication by Samuel French: Publisher, New York:


Edmond Rostand was born at Marseilles in 1868. Rostand is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant dramatic poets of modern times. "Les Romanesques" "The Romancers" was performed for the first time in Paris, at the Comedie Francaise, in 1894, and achieved considerable success. Its delicacy and charm revealed the true poet, and the deftness with which the plot was handled left little doubt as to the author's ability to construct an interesting and moving drama. But not until the production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" in 1897 did Rostand become known to the world at large. "L'Aiglon" (1900) was something of a disappointment after the brilliant "Cyrano." Ten years later came "Chantecler," the poet's deepest and in many ways most masterly play.

"The Romancers" is best played in the romantic atmosphere of the late Eighteenth century; the costumes should be Louis XVI. The stage directions are sufficiently detailed. ]]

[Transcriber's note: "The Romancers" is the basis for the plot of the 1960 musical "The Fantasticks," with music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones... Continue reading book >>

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