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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944)

Author of The Little Prince

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1900 - 1944 Antoine de Saint-Exupery was born in Lyon, France on June 29, 1900. Saint-Exupery was educated in Jesuit schools. He later attended a Catholic boarding school in Switzerland before entering the Ecole de Beaux-Arts as an architecture student. de Saint-Exupery show more began his military service in 1921 and was sent to Strasbourgh to be trained as a pilot. He received his pilot's license in 1922 and, after a few dead end jobs as a bookkeeper and an automobile salesman, he began flying mail for a commercial airline company. His route over North Africa was the basis for his first novel, Southern Mail, in 1929. His second novel, Night Flight, became an international bestseller and was made into a film in 1933. By that time, de Saint-Exupery was married to Consuelo Gomez Castillo and was working as a test pilot for Air France. He was also working as a foreign correspondent covering May Day events in Moscow and writing a series on the Spanish Civil War. His book, Wind, Sand and Stars won the French Academy's 1939 Grand Prix du Roman and the National Book Award in the United States. He came to the United States after France fell in World War II, but rejoined the French Air Force in North Africa in 1943. That same year he published The Little Prince, a children's story of such universal appeal that it has been translated into close to fifty languages. Antoine de Saint-Exupery took off on a flight over Southern France on July 31, 1944 and was never seen again. In 1998, a fisherman found a bracelet with his name and his wife's name engraved on it, 150 kilometers west of Marseilles. (Bowker Author Biography) After escaping death in several accidents while flying as a pilot over the most dangerous sections of the French airmail service in South America, Africa, and the South Atlantic, Saint-Exupery was reported missing over southern France in 1944. Night Flight (1931) was introduced by Andre Gide and was at once proclaimed a masterpiece. Wind, Sand and Stars (1939) is a series of tales, interspersed with philosophical reflections on earth as a planet and on the nobility of the common people. Flight to Arras (1942) is the author's own account of a hopeless reconnaissance sortie during the tragic days of May 1940. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince (1943) 44,043 copies
Wind, Sand and Stars (1939) 3,234 copies
Night Flight (1930) — Author — 1,983 copies
Flight to Arras (1942) — Author — 907 copies
Southern Mail (1929) — Author — 470 copies
The Wisdom of the Sands (1948) — Author — 400 copies
Airman's Odyssey (1930) 210 copies
Regulus (Latin) (1985) 201 copies
Southern Mail / Night Flight (1933) 196 copies
Letter to a Hostage (1943) 166 copies
Wartime Writings 1939-1944 (1986) 154 copies
A Sense of Life (1956) 126 copies
Oeuvres (1953) 56 copies
The Wisdom of the Sands (abridged) (2000) — Author — 54 copies
Lettres de jeunesse (1953) 52 copies
Carnets (1953) 40 copies
Night Flight / Wind, Sand and Stars (1996) — Author — 31 copies
Lettres à sa mère (1955) 30 copies
Wind, Sand and Stars / Flight to Arras (1987) — Author — 25 copies
Night flight — Author — 15 copies
Pilota di guerra: Lettera a un ostaggio: Taccuini (2008) — Author — 13 copies
Moje planeta — Author — 10 copies
Gebete der Einsamkeit (1989) 9 copies
Romane / Dokumente (1986) 9 copies
Prosa (1985) 7 copies
Le Desert Les Camarades (1975) 7 copies
Tegninger (2006) 6 copies
The Little Prince [abridged audio] (2010) — Original book — 6 copies
Pages choisies (1962) 5 copies
Correspondance (1930-1944) (French Edition) (2021) — Author — 4 copies
Obras completas — Author — 3 copies
Obras Completas: Tomo I (1974) 3 copies
Volo di notte-L'aviatore. Ediz. integrali (2015) — Author — 3 copies
Felicitat (2011) 3 copies
Pode mnou země 3 copies
Letec a živly (1998) 2 copies
Pilota di guerra: Lettera a un ostaggio (1995) — Author — 2 copies
The Wild Garden (1938) 2 copies
Lebensweisheiten (2011) 2 copies
Kleine prins Luxe editie (2021) 2 copies
Cartas a su Madre (2016) 2 copies
Postflyveren 2 copies
Obras completas 2 copies
Vol du nuit 2 copies
Pensaments (2011) 2 copies
Aforismi di Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (2020) — Author — 2 copies
风沙星辰 2 copies
o pequeno principe — Author — 1 copy
Mein bester Freund (2012) 1 copy
Küçük Prens (2020) 1 copy
Vul de nuit 1 copy
ŒUVRES 1 copy
Es domāju par tevi (2014) 1 copy
Bojni pilot 1 copy
Om Sig Selv 1 copy
Princi i vogël (2003) 1 copy
Savas Ucusu 1 copy
夢をみる言葉 (2006) — Author — 1 copy
unknown (2013) 1 copy
Levenswijsheden (2012) 1 copy
Somnis (2012) 1 copy
Ogimaans (2020) 1 copy
Der Kleine Prinz: Kopf hoch! (2012) — Author — 1 copy
1 (1994) 1 copy
Den Frieden bauen (1969) 1 copy
Vol de nit 1 copy
Sazadeo Qickek (2009) 1 copy
Nocny lot 1 copy
Die Erde des Menschen (2017) 1 copy
Le Piti Prinhyo (2017) 1 copy
Lettere a mia madre (2015) 1 copy
Nachtflug 1 copy
El Principito (2022) — Author — 1 copy
Bay đêm 1 copy
Coucou Petit Prince (2015) 1 copy
The Prince-Bairnie (2017) 1 copy
Lõuna postilennuk. Inimeste maa — Author — 1 copy
Südkurier. Flug nach Arras. — Author — 1 copy

Associated Works

33 Days (1992) — Preface, some editions — 91 copies
rororo Monographien, Nr.4, Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1956) — Contributor — 35 copies
XII Twelve Short Novels (1961) — Contributor — 34 copies
The Seas of God: Great Stories of the Human Spirit (1944) — Contributor — 25 copies
A Saint-Exupéry Reader (1961) 5 copies
Sébastien Meunier: Visual Pollution (1900) — Contributor — 5 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger de
Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry
Date of death
Burial location
Carqueiranne, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France (identification of body uncertain)
Country (for map)
Lyon, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Place of death
Mediterranean Sea, south of Marseille, France
Cause of death
plane crash
Places of residence
Lyon, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Marianist College Villa St. Jean, Fribourg, Switzerland
Paris, France
Neuhof, Alsace, France
Casablanca, Morocco
Le Bourget, Paris, France (show all 13)
Cape Juby, Morocco
The Galería Güemes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Estoril, Portugal
New York, New York, USA
Quebec, Canada
Algiers, Algeria
École Navale (failed final exams)
École des Beaux-Arts (audited architecture)
commercial pilot
airline stopover manager
airline director (Aeroposta Argentina )
pilot (French Air Force)
commandant (Free French Air Force) (show all 7)
soldier (French Army)
Vilmorin, Louise de (lover)
Sterne, Hedda (friend)
Suncín de Sandoval, Consuelo (wife)
Kessel, Joseph (friend)
French Army (2e Régiment de chasseurs à cheval|soldier)
French Air Force (37th Fighter Regiment|34th Aviation Regiment|Groupe de reconnaissance II/33|pilot)
Free French Air Force (Groupe de reconnaissance 2/33 "Savoie"|commandant)
Aeroposta Argentina (director)
Awards and honors
Legion d'Honneur (1930, 1939)
Croix de Guerre avec Palme (1944) (posthumous)
Croix de Guerre (1940)
Prix Femina (1929)
Grand Prix de roman de l'Académie française (1939)
U. S. National Book Award (1940)
Disambiguation notice
Do not combine this page with "de Saint-Exupery" or "Saint-Exupery". There are other authors with that surname.



The Little Prince/Le Petit Prince Letterpress in Fine Press Forum (October 2021)
Potencialidades do LT na animação in Animação da Leitura (May 2014)


AnkaraLibrary | Feb 23, 2024 |
A short book. (12 pages) which summarizes the story of The Little Prince, examining the people he meets, and their qualities. The book then asks the reader to examine these qualities and why they are good or bad, and then poses questions for discussion. This would be a great book for early elementary classrooms, enabling a discussion between adults and children about which qualities we should admire, and those we should avoid.
Using the beautiful original illustrations by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this book will resonate with all ages.… (more)
rmarcin | 1 other review | Feb 12, 2024 |
El libro resume meses de vuelo en una sola misión sobre la ciudad de Arrás. Saint-Exupéry fue asignado al Grupo de Reconocimiento II/33 para volar el bimotor Potez 637.
AmicanaLibrary | 25 other reviews | Jan 31, 2024 |
I think that I originally read this one a few decades ago, but I didn't remember a thing about it. Just enchanting words and drawings. Magical. You can draw as much or little as you like from the book and still enjoy the curiosity of The Little Prince as he makes his way to many planets and learns a valuable lesson from a fox.
AliceAnna | 755 other reviews | Jan 16, 2024 |


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