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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works and research materials 1960-2004, undated

Series II. Career & Personal 1957-2014, undated

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Madeleine Alcover Cyrano research materials and Academic papers, 1957-2014 MS 631



creator Alcover, Madeleine
Title: Madeleine Alcover Cyrano research materials and Academic papers
Dates: 1957-2014
Identification: MS 631
Quantity: 9.0 linear ft.(9 boxes + 1 oversize folder)
Language:
Language of Materials note The materials are in French.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Dr. Madeleine Alcover was born in Casablanca, Morocco on October 27, 1938. She received a Diplôme d’études supérieures de lettres modernes (magna cum laude) and a Doctorate in French Literature (summa cum laude) from the University of Bordeaux. She began her teaching career at Indiana University from 1967-1975 before coming to Rice University in 1971. Specializing in 17th and 18th century French literature, she contributed to the current understanding of the life, times, and works of Cyrano de Bergerac, a subject she would continue to pursue in Paris archives even in the years after her retirement in 2004.

Dr. Alcover garnered international recognition for the five books she published over the course of her career, and of articles on Bayle, Corneille, Fénelon, Furetière, Guilleragues, Madeleine de Scudéry, and Voltaire. Her published books are: Cyrano de Bergerac (1968); La Pensée philosophique et scientifique de Cyrano de Bergerac (1971); L’Autre Monde ou Les Estats et Empires de la Lune (1977); Poullain de la Barre, une aventure philosophique (1981); and Cyrano relu et corrigé (1990). Dr. Alcover passed away on August 27, 2014.

Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, (born March 6, 1619, Paris—died July 28, 1655, Paris), was a French satirist and dramatist whose works combining political satire and science-fantasy inspired a number of later writers. He has been the basis of many romantic but unhistorical legends, of which the best known is Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac (1897), in which he is portrayed as a gallant and brilliant but shy and ugly lover, possessed (as in fact he was) of a remarkably large nose.

As a young man, Cyrano joined the company of guards and was wounded at the Siege of Arras in 1640. But he gave up his military career in the following year to study under the philosopher and mathematician Pierre Gassendi. Under the influence of Gassendi’s scientific theories and libertine philosophy, Cyrano wrote his two best known works, Histoire comique des états et empires de la lune and Histoire comique des états et empires du soleil (Eng. trans. A Voyage to the moon: with some account of the Solar World, 1754). These stories of imaginary journeys to the Moon and Sun, published posthumously in 1656 and 1662, satirize 17th-century religious and astronomical beliefs, which saw man and the world as the center of creation.

Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac. (2015). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/148648/Savinien-Cyrano-de-Bergerac

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains typescripts, proofs, correspondence, microfilm, and notecards of Madeleine Alcover for her critical editions and studies on Cyrano de Bergerac; Cyrano’s family, as well as his writer-friends Charles d’Assoucy, Le Royer de Prades, Henry Le Bret, and others. The collection also contains documents and correspondence related to Alcover's academic career.

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Restrictions

Access restrictions

This material is open for research except for one folder which is marked as restricted.

Use restrictions

Permission to publish from Madeleine Alcover Cyrano research materials and academic papers, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619-1655
Subjects
French literature
Research
Places
France
Genres
manuscripts (document genre)
typescripts

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Madeleine Alcover Cyrano research materials and Academic Papers, MS 631, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated by the estate of Madeleine Alcover in 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Works and research materials 1960-2004, undated

Sub-Series I. Cyrano de Bergerac research materials
Box Folder
1 1-2 Articles
3 Articles: Jordan's edition of "L'autre Monde ou les Etats et Empires de la Lune", translated 1970
4-5 Articles: Histoire Comique
6-10 Notes on Cyrano
11-12 Notes on Cyrano attribution and datation
13 Articles: Cyrano family
14 Notes on Cyrano family
15 Cyrano: Sens
Box Folder
2 1 Cyrano correspondence 1978-1990
2 Cyrano correspondence 1995-1996
3 Cyrano correspondence 1997
4 Cyrano correspondence 1998
5 Cyrano correspondence 1999
6 Cyrano correspondence 2000-2003
7 Cyrano correspondence 2004
8 Cyrano correspondence: author royalties from Honore-Champion edition 2001-2014
9 Cyrano correspondence n.d.
10 Corrections and notes on drafts
11 Typescripts: Draft of Cyrano relu et corrigé 1988
12-13 Typescripts: Draft of Slatkine edition of L'Autre Monde ou les etats et empires de la Lune October 1999
14-17 First proof of Slatkine Edition
18 First proof of novels, Slatkine edition December 5, 1997
19 Second proof of novels, Slatkine edition
20 Draft of Slatkine edition
21 Draft of glossary
Box Folder
3 1-2 Final proof of Slatkine edition
3 Proof of Slatkine edition 2004
4 Drafts 2 and 3, L'autre Monde et le Libestinage Erudit
5 First draft Slatkine edition, "Lune" and "Soleil"
6 Fragment de Physique, variations, biographical elements
7 "Oeuvres Completes"
8 "Lune" and "Soleil" with notes
9 First version "Lune" and "Soleil"
10 Second version, "Lune" and "Soleil" May 1997
11 "Lune" and "Soleil"
12 Cyrano et la posture philosophique
13 Unknown edition
14 Typescripts [Alcover?]
15 Lectures de Cyrano de Bergerac: Les États et Empires de la Lune et du Soleil 2004
Published Works
Box
4 Cyrano de Bergerac: L'autre Monde ou les états et empires de la lune (pre-printing copy) 1977
Cyrano de Bergerac: L'autre Monde ou les états et empires de la lune with handwritten annotations 1977
Cyrano relu et corrigé with annotations 1990
Cyrano de Bergerac: les États et empires de la lune et du soleil (avec le Fragment de Physique); Champion Classiques edition 2004
Sub-Series II. D'Assoucy, de Prades, Le Bret research materials
Box Folder
4 1 D'Assoucy notes
2-4 D'Assoucy typescripts
5 Jean Royer de Prades Articles
6-7 de Prades Notes
8 de Prades: Marie de la Tour articles
9 de Prades: Marie de la Tour notes
10 de Prades: Epernon notes
11-12 de Prades typescripts and drafts [Alcover?]
13 Le Bret articles
Box Folder
5 1 Le Bret notes
2 Le Bret: Montauban notes
3 Le Bret typescripts
4 Le Bret typescripts [Alcover?]
Sub-Series III. Other research materials
Box Folder
5 5 Alchemy articles
6 Alchemy notes
7 Arpajon notes
8 Beaumarchais notes
9 Bellanger notes
10 Berthier notes
11 Bosse: Oeuvres Graves-femmes, culture
12 Bourdelet notes
13 Burlesque Notes
14 Canada notes
15 Caran notes
16 Casteljaloux notes
17 Company St. Sacrement notes
18 Cuigny notes
19 Daillon de Lude notes
20 Davisson notes
21 Davity notes
22 Derrida notes
23 Descartes articles
24 Descartes notes
25 Gassendi notes
26 Heraldry and Coats of Arms notes
27-28 Libraries - bibliographies, materials
29 "Le Livre Abominable" notes
30 Maupeon notes
31 Mauroy notes
32 Millet notes
33 Mothe le Voyer notes
34 Notaires/ Minutiers notes
35 Pascal notes
36 Phonetics notes
37 Polyeucte articles
38 Polyeucte notes
39 Poullain article: "De l'Egalite des deux sexes, Discours Physique and moral"
40 Poullain La Barre notes
41 Prevot notes
42 Prisons, hospitals, and police notes
Box Folder
6 1 Reception of works notes
2 Regnault notes
3 Religion notes
4 Robineau notes
5 Royalty/Bourbon Family articles
6 Royalty notes
7 Scarron notes
8 "Somaiville Affair" notes
9 St. Marthe Family notes
10 Swift and Moliere notes
11 Transcriptions
12 Utopia notes
13 Writing, Attribution, Literary techniques articles
14 Writing, Literature, and Criticism notes
15 Miscellaneous articles
16-18 Miscellaneous notes
19 Typescripts: "Index des Noms et des Ouvrages Anonymes"
20 Typescripts: L'indecence de Savoir
21-22 Unidentified typescripts and drafts [Alcover?]
Sub-Series IV. Correspondence
Box Folder
7 1 1960-69
2 1970-79
3 1980-89
4 1990-94
5 1995-99
6 2000-04
7 2005-09
8 2010-14
9 No date
Sub-Series V. Note Cards
Box
7 Cyrano
Descartes
Gassendi
Others
Sub-Series VI. Microfilm, Microfiche, digital formats
Box
8 Cyrano: Microfilm, microfiche, CDs, Floppy disks (2 boxes)
Le Bret, D'Assoucy, Royer de Prades: Microfilm, CDs (1 box)
Box
8-9 Other Research: Microfilm, Microfiche, CDs (2 boxes)

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Series II. Career & Personal 1957-2014, undated

Box Folder
9 1 Curriculum Vitae [1988], 1999, 2004, n.d.
2 Attestation of Education 1957-1967
3 Indiana University: Tenure, Evaluations, Voltaire book 1967-1975
4 Rice University 1977-2004
5 Rice Salary information 1976-2003
6 Rice: Class materials 1975-2002
7 Rice: FREN 407: French History through film (Restricted) Spring 2004
8 Rice Graduate French Program
9 Rice: newsclippings 1982-1991
10 Rice: Theatre productions 1991
11 Correspondence: other universities 1968-1991
12 Correspondence: recommendations 1969-2006
13 Correspondence: recommendations n.d.
14 Research: money and leave 1970-1997
15 University of Cape Town (teaching) 1994
16 Camargo Foundation Residential Grant 1996
17 Societe des Gens de Lettres de France 1996
18 D'Assoucy Colloquium 2004
19 Critical reception of Alcover works 1970-2003
20 Critical reception of Alcover works n.d.
21 Critical reviews by Alcover 1984-1994
22 Articles published by Alcover 1971-1987
23 Articles published by Alcover 1990-1999
24 Articles published by Alcover 2000-2006
25 Published works: Poulain de la Barre: Une Aventure Philosophique 1981
26 Personal 1995-2006, n.d.
Oversize folder
General note
Diplôme de docteur, 1967 Le Theatre, Cyrano, n.d.

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