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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac was the first rapper.

What?

Most rap is the singer bragging about their accomplishments. The most frequently bragged about accomplishments:

  • The ability to compose verse on the fly.
  • The ability to seduce women with the aid of said verse
  • Proficiency with a weapon

Cyrano was accomplished in all of this, before the year 1900.

It is a very fun book, though not one it’s really possible to take seriously. The Brian Hooker translation wonderfully captures the spirit of the verse; I recommend it.

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Comment by Dad Mac OS X Safari 531.22.7
2010-06-12 07:06:35

Heh, taking it seriously is not what it’s about. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

 

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