Monday, July 25, 2016


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.



  1. St Exupery and his Little Prince used to be on the lovely 50 franc note.

  2. With ISIS' killing of Pere Hamel at his altar in Normandy this morning, your reflection could not be more providential, dear Heather. When the French are good, they are very, very good. Merci!


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