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Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1900-1944) French aviator and author, most famous for Le Petit Prince (1943 chap; trans Katherine Woods as The Little Prince 1943 chap; new trans Richard Howard 2000); the new translation is preferred. Regarded as an existential fable for adults as well as one of the century's best children's books – it is the world's most frequently translated work of fiction – the story concerns a young prince who leaves his cosy Asteroid home to explore neighbouring worlds, among them Earth. His deceptively simple adventures form a poignant Satire of modern society and an affirmation of the ephemeral nature of life. [PhR]

Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger de Saint-Exupéry

born Lyon, France: 29 June 1900

died Southern France: 31 July 1944 [apparently shot down at sea, off Marseille]


  • Le Petit Prince (New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943) [chap: illus/hb/Antoine de Saint-Exupéry]
    • The Little Prince (New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943) [chap: trans by Katherine Woods of the above: illus/hb/Antoine de Saint-Exupéry]
      • The Little Prince (New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 2000) [chap: new trans of the above by Richard Howard: published one week later: hb/illus/hb/Antoine de Saint-Exupéry]


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