Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Reynal & Hitchcock – 1943


Synopsis
The Little Prince was first published in 1943. Over half a century later, the Saint-Exupéry’s fable about love and loneliness has lost none of its power, on the contrary, this book that became one of the most loved and admired works of our times is, in fact, of timeless reach, and can be inspiring to readers of all ages and cultures.


Biography
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born on 29th June 1900 in Lyon, France. He flies for the first time at the age of twelve, at twenty-two becomes a military pilot and, in 1939, joins the French Air Force as a captain fighting against the nazi occupation. Aviation and war became central elements to all of his literary work where Southern Mail (1929), his first novel, Night Flight (1931), which soon became an international best-seller, and War Pilot (1942), a portrait of his participation in World War II, stand out. In 1943, he published his masterpiece, The Little Prince, one of the most translated books in the world. His death, at the age of forty-four, in a plane crash during a reconnaissance mission in the south of France, remains a mystery to this day.


FunFacts
SAINT-EXUPÉRY WROTE THE LITTLE PRINCE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
Saint-Exúpery wrote The Little Prince when he was elixated in the USA, at the beginning of WWII.

SAINT-EXUPÉRY WAS FAMILIAR WITH PLANES CRASHING IN THE DESERT
When he depicted the novel’s narrator crashing in the Sahara at the opening of the book, Saint-Exupéry was writing what he knew. While today he’s largely remembered for The Little Prince, before World War II Saint-Exupéry was celebrated as an aristocratic aviator. During an attempt to break the record for the fastest trip between Paris and Saigon, Saint-Exupéry crashed his plane in the desert 125 miles outside of Cairo.

SAINT-EXUPÉRY’S WIFE, CONSUELO, LIKELY INSPIRED THE PRINCE’S ROSE
Antoine and Consuelo had a volatile relationship, living apart for most of their lives, but she always remained his muse. Just as Saint-Exupéry held Consuelo close to his heart, the Prince protects his rose, watering her and shielding her from the elements.

SAINT-EXUPÉRY NEVER SAW THE BOOK PUBLISHED IN HIS HOME COUNTRY
First published in 1943, The Little Prince was released in French and English, but only in the United States. Due to his controversial political views, Saint-Exupéry‘s works were not available in France under the Vichy regime.

SAINT-EXUPÉRY MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED AFTER FINISHING THE BOOK
On a 1944 reconnaissance mission, his plane disappeared. It wasn’t until 1998 that a clue to his fate was found in the form of his silver identity bracelet. The remains of his plane were found in the Mediterranean by a diver in 2000.

THE LITTLE PRINCE HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO OVER 250 LANGUAGES
One of the most-read and most-translated books in the world, the story is often used in schools as a teaching tool for learning other languages. In 2005, it was translated into a northern Argentina called Toba—a real distinction since up to that point the only other book translated into Toba was the Bible.

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