Edmond Rostand was born in Marseilles, France, on April 1, When he was twenty-two years old, he married the poet, Rosemond Gerard, and presented his first book, a volume of poems, to her as a wedding gift. His first play, Les Romanesques , which concerned two young lovers, appeared four years later. And the next year, , La Princesse Lointaine , was produced. It was the story of the Provencal poet, Rudel. Most critics did not like it because one of the characters — and a minor one, at that — was Christ.
It was an instant success and the play went on to be performed over times at that theater alone. The play is the story of a man named Christian de Neuvillette, a french cadet soldier who falls in love with an intellectual, upper-class woman named Roxane. Christian feels as though he is not intelligent enough to impress Roxane and thus he enlists the help of her cousin, witty, urbane Cyrano de Bergerac to write letters to her pretending to be him. Cyrano is also in love with Roxane, however, he does not feel that he is handsome enough for her because of his oversized nose.
In Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, the main theme that inner qualities are more important than physical beauty affect each of the three main characters: Cyrano, Christian, Roxanne. Cyrano believes in this idea very much, Christian does not follow this theory very much and Roxanne is kind of a mix, meaning that she believes in both ideals to a certain extent. Cyrano shows this theme often throughout the story.