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Bergerac, Savinien Cyrano de

Bergerac, Savinien Cyrano de, French writer, was born in 1619 at Paris. He is reputed to have been principal in more than a thousand duels. While still at college he wrote Le Pedant Joue, which Moliere freely drew from for his Fourberies de Scapin. His best known production is the Histoire Comique des Etats et Empires de la Lune et du Soleil, which is credited with inspiring Dean Swift's Gulliver's Travels. He died in 1655 at Paris.