'Destroyed' Edmond Rostand play discovered

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A long lost play written by the creator of Cyrano de Bergerac has been discovered in national archives more than a century after the author attempted to destroy all copies.

Edmond Rostand, who was feted as a French William Shakespeare when he brought out Cyrano in 1897, was appalled by his first play after it was panned by critics as "indecent" and "insane".

The Red Glove, a vaudeville comedy written a decade before Cyrano and when the author was just 20, was pulled after 17 performances.

Rostand was so ashamed of the work after the success of Cyrano that he paid a theatre not to put it on and the manuscript was thought to have been lost forever.

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