Monday, July 25, 2016
THE LITTLE PRINCE
This week's arts and culture piece is on that beloved "children's" classic: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince.
Here's how it begins:
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900 - 1944) was an aviator and writer whose fable “Le Petit Prince” (“The Little Prince”) is the fourth most-translated and one of the highest-selling books in the history of publishing.
Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyon, France, to an aristocratic, if impoverished, Catholic family.
His first airplane ride was reputedly during the summer of 1912, when he was 12.
A poor student, he briefly studied architecture, was conscripted into the French air force in 1921 and qualified as a military pilot in 1922.
His aviation career was marked by daredevil exploits, great personal and spiritual courage and many accidents. His first fiancé broke off the engagement after a crash in which Saint-Exupéry fractured his skull. He flew airmail routes over Africa, South America and Europe, worked as a test pilot, and reported for Paris-Soir.
In 1931, he married Consuelo Gomez Carillo, a Guatemalan divorcée. The union was stormy. In December, 1935, he crashed in the Sahara and wandered for several days before being rescued by Bedouins.
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