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Writer and aviator, Antoine Jean-Baptiste Marie Roger de Saint-Exupéry was born on 29 June, 1900 in Lyon, France.
Saint-Exupéry studied architecture at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts. In 1921, he began his military service with the light cavalry, and trained as a pilot in Strasbourg. A year later he obtained his license and was offered transfer to the airforce.
Due to objections from the family of his fiancée, Saint-Exupéry instead took an office job in Paris. His engagement to Leveque de Vilmorin was not to last, and for the next few years he had a series of unsuccessful jobs.
By 1926, Saint-Exupéry resumed his love for flying, and he became one of the pioneers of international postal flight. Saint-Exupéry's career as an aviator was flourishing and by 1929, he became director of Cape Juby airfield in Morocco, then moved to South America being appointed director of the Aeroposta Argentina Company. In the same year, he wrote his first book, Southern Mail. His first major work, Night Flight was published in 1931.
On December 30, 1945, Saint-Exupéry and his navigator, André Prévot, embarked on a record-breaking attempt to fly from Paris to Saigon. Nineteen and a half hours into the flight, their plane crashed in the Sahara desert. Both survived the crash but spent three days battling dehydration, limited food and hallucinations. On the fourth day, they were rescued by a camel-riding Bedouin. In part, this experience was the inspiration for The Little Prince, which begins with a pilot being marooned in the desert.
Saint-Exupéry continued to fly until World War II, during which he took self-imposed exile. He retreated to New York and stayed in the village of Asharoken, Long Island where he spent the summer and autumn writing The Little Prince. The manuscript was completed by October 1942.
On 31 July 1944, a year after his book was published, Saint-Exupéry disappeared over the Mediterranean while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron, the Armée de l'Air.
You might also be interested in The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sis, a remarkable and highly original biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
“All grown-ups were children once, although few of them remember it”. So writes author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the dedication of this remarkable novella; a poignant line that epitomises The Little Prince’s cross-generational power and continued resonance. If you’re looking for a literary-gift-of-a-lifetime for any little and not-so-little ones in your life, look no further than this Wordsworth Collector’s Edition of an undisputed twentieth-century classic. Published in 1943, The Little Prince tells the unforgettable tale of a young boy with golden hair and a habit of repeating questions until they are answered. Known as the “little prince”, the boy recounts his life story while the narrator - a pilot, like the author - repairs his plane, racing against his eight-day supply of water. The little prince’s tales of other planets are enthralling and hauntingly allegorical. Once read, this is a story to return to through a lifetime, and here beautifully packaged as a hardback that will certainly survive multiple re-readings. The Wordsworth Collector's Editions make wonderful presents for children; you can find more in the series here.
A world wide best-seller, The Little Prince was originally published over seventy years ago but it remains as original, imaginative and entertaining as ever. The Little Prince’s plane crashes as he travels from an asteroid far, far away. On his own planet is his true love; before him is the whole world waiting to be explored. As he travels to six other planets questioning all he sees, the Little Prince leads readers on a magical journey of discovery. A remarkable celebration of the value of questions and the power of wonder, The Little Prince, is a story to treasure.
December 2010 Guest Editor Sally Grindley: "What is it with princes?! This Little Prince has come from a different planet, in a quite extraordinary short story with multiple themes, symbols and motifs. I was introduced to this book at school, and was delighted to find that my sons also studied it. The Little Prince is a wanderer who never stops asking questions and seeking truths. He represents the open-mindedness of children in a world where adults lack imagination and have lost the ability to engage with nature and spirituality. The story is populated with memorable characters, and with every new reading further insights and ideas unfold." March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman: "The Little Prince is a beautiful, poetice marriage of word and image. A singular vision, timeless and universal. I love the ease with which we are transported to faraway lands and planets. I borrowed the image of the little man standing on a star in Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish. Sorry..."
The Little Prince [Le Petit Prince], is a novella and the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery (19001944). The novella is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. After the outbreak of the Second World War Saint-Exupery became exiled in North America. In the midst of personal upheavals and failing health, he produced almost half of the writings for which he would be remembered, including a tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love and loss, in the form of a young prince fallen to Earth. An earlier memoir by the author had recounted his aviation experiences in the Sahara Desert, and he is thought to have drawn on those same experiences in The Little Prince. Since its first publication in the United States, the novella has been adapted to numerous art forms and media, including audio recordings, radio plays, live stage, film screen, television, ballet, and operatic works. The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world. It was written during a period when Saint-Exupery fled to North America subsequent to the Fall of France during the Second World War, witnessed first hand by the author and captured in his memoir Flight to Arras. The adult fable, according to one review, is actually ...an allegory of Saint-Exuperys own life--his search for childhood certainties and interior peace, his mysticism, his belief in human courage and brotherhood.... but also an allusion to the tortured nature of their relationship. Though ostensibly styled as a childrens book, The Little Prince makes several observations about life and human nature. For example, Saint-Exupery tells of a fox meeting the young prince during his travels on Earth. The storys essence is contained in the lines uttered by the fox to the little prince: On ne voit bien quavec le cur. Lessentiel est invisible pour les yeux. (One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.) Other key thematic messages are articulated by the fox, such as: Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoise. (You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.) and Cest le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante. (It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.) The foxs messages are arguably the books most famous quotations because they deal with human relationships.ABOUT AUTHOR:Antoine de Saint-Exupery, officially Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupery (29 June 1900 31 July 1944) was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of Frances highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.
El Principito es un cuento en el que un piloto se encuentra perdido en el desierto del Sahara luego de que su avion sufriera una averia, pero para su sorpresa, alli conoce a un pequeno principe que viaja de planeta en planeta haciendo muchas preguntas. En esta obra encontrars fragmentos de los textos de El Principito, y descubrirs momentos llenos de ternura, mensajes de humanidad maravillosos, fantasa y sencillez para que puedas apreciarlo en toda su magnitud.
Sei anni fa, ebbi un incidente col mio aeroplano nel deserto del Sahara. Qualche cosa si era rotta nel motore, e siccome non avevo con me ne un meccanico, ne dei passeggeri. Mi accinsi da solo a cercare di riparare il guasto. Era una questione di vita o di morte, perche avevo acqua da bere soltanto per una settimana...Potete immaginare il mio stupore di essere svegliato all'alba da una strana vocetta: "e;Mi disegni, per favore, una pecora?"e;...E fu cos che feci la conoscenza del piccolo principe.A cinquant'anni dalla pubblicazione negli Stati Uniti del libro, Il Piccolo Principe divenuto un long seller internazionale, un testo chiave di formazione. Antoine de Saint-Exupry, il suo autore, era un aviatore e un umanista: adorava volare e s'interessava agli uomini.Qualche mese dopo l'apparizione del suo capolavoro, scomparve in aereo sul Mar Mediterraneo.Ma la favola del ragazzino dai capelli d'oro continua.* * *Domando perdono ai bambini di aver dedicato questo libro a una persona grande. Ho una scusa seria: questa persona grande il miglior amico che abbia al mondo. Ho una seconda scusa: questa persona grande pu capire tutto, anche i libri per bambini; e ne ho una terza: questa persona grande abita in Francia, ha fame, ha freddo e ha molto bisogno di essere consolata. E se tutte queste scuse non bastano, dedicher questo libro al bambino che questa grande persona stato. Tutti i grandi sono stati bambini una volta. (Ma pochi di essi se ne ricordano). Perci correggo la mia dedica:A LEONE WERTHQUANDO ERA UN BAMBINO
Diese Ubersetzung vom Kleinen Prinzen ist das Ergebnis der jahrelangen Beschaftigung Tullio Aurelios mit den Schriften von Saint-Exupery. Gleichzeitig schwingt in ihr immer noch der Klang der ihm und vielen anderen vertrauten Originalubersetzung von Grete und Josef Leitgeb mit, die Tullio Aurelio Ende der 90er Jahre teilweise modernisiert hat und die sich Jahre lang in seinem Ohr und in seinem Gedachtnis eingepragt hat. Allerdings charakterisiert die Treue zum Kleinen Prinzen die aktuelle bersetzung: Sie ist dem franzsischen Original, auch dessen Geist, nher. "e;Dieses literarische Wunderwerk von Antoine de St. Exupery ist ein Begleiter"e; des Lebensweges von Tullio Aurelio gewesen; seine bersetzung ist "e;ein Meisterwerk der Verfeinerung und Werterhaltung"e; des Werkes. So beschreibt der Autor einer Rezension diese neue bersetzungUnd der Grafiker, mit dem Tullio Aurelio bald smtliche Ausgaben des Kleinen Prinzen, betreute, schreibt: "e;Die akribische Genauigkeit Tullio Aurelios, Text und Bild in Einklang zu bringen, hat den deutschen Ausgaben des Kleinen Prinzen ihr wertvolles Bild gegeben. Diese bersetzung des Buches zeugt vom Wissen um Saint-Exupry und sein Werk. Tullio Aurelio schafft es, aus umfassender Kenntnis dem Text noch neue Akzente zu verleihen."e;Und eine Rezensentin schreibt: "e;Wenn man die bekannte bersetzung aus den 50ern kennt, ist man versucht, beide Bcher nebeneinander zu legen und zu sehen, was anders ist. Schnell wird man aber von Tullio Aurelios bersetzung in den Bann gezogen und erlebt die Geschichte wieder neu. Feine Nuancen weben den Teppich dieser wunderbaren Geschichte und hllen ein, wie der wehende Mantel des Prinzen in einer der wunderbaren Zeichnungen. Feinheiten in der sprachlichen Formulierung machen diese Interpretation zu einem Genuss und einer Bereicherung im Verstndnis dieser Zeiten berdauernden Geschichte."e;Grete und Josef Leitgeb bersetzten 1950 als erste den Kleinen Prinzen in die deutsche Sprache.
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