Author(s): Antoine De Saint
Antoine De Saint-Exupery First Published The Little Prince In 1943, Only A Year Before His Lockheed P-38 Vanished Over The Mediterranean During A Reconnaissance Mission. More Than A Half Century Later, This Fable Of Love And Loneliness Has Lost None Of Its Power. The Narrator Is A Downed Pilot In The Sahara Desert, Frantically Trying To Repair His Wrecked Plane.
His Efforts Are Interrupted One Day By The Apparition Of A Little, Well, Prince, Who Asks Him To Draw A Sheep. 'In The Face Of An Overpowering Mystery, You Don'T Dare Disobey,' The Narrator Recalls. 'Absurd As It Seemed, A Thousand Miles From All Inhabited Regions And In Danger Of Death, I Took A Scrap Of Paper And A Pen Out Of My Pocket.' And So Begins Their Dialogue, Which Stretches The Narrator'S Imagination In All Sorts Of Surprising, Childlike Directions.
The French Writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944), was born in Lyon. His first two books, SOUTHERN MAIL and NIGHT FLIGHT, are distinguished by a poetic evocation of the romance and discipline of flying. Later works, including WIND, SAND AND STARS and FLIGHT TO ARRAS, stress his humanistic philosophy. Saint-Exupery's popular children's book THE LITTLE PRINCE is also read by adults for its allegorical meaning. Saint-Exupery's plane disappeared during a mission in World War II.