antoine de saint-exupéry
[taken may 1942]
intro’d to Antoine via the little prince..
much to love/learn about his stories/words..
more about Antoine:
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃twan də sɛ̃tɛɡzypeʁi]), officially Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944, Mort pour la France), was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France’s 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.
Saint-Exupéry was a successful commercial pilot before World War II, working airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America. At the outbreak of war, he joined the French Air Force (Armée de l’Air), flying reconnaissance missions until France’s armistice with Germany in 1940. After being demobilised from the French Air Force, he travelled to the United States to persuade its government to enter the war against Nazi Germany. Following a 27-month hiatus in North America, during which he wrote three of his most important works, he joined the Free French Air Force in North Africa, although he was far past the maximum age for such pilots and in declining health. He disappeared over the Mediterranean on his last assigned reconnaissance mission in July 1944, and is believed to have died at that time.
Prior to the war, Saint-Exupéry had achieved fame in France as an aviator. His literary works — among them The Little Prince, translated into over 250 languages and dialects — posthumously boosted his stature to national hero status in France. He earned further widespread recognition with international translations of his other works. His 1939 philosophical memoir Terre des hommes became the name of a major international humanitarian group, and was also used to create the central theme (Terre des hommes—Man and His World) of the most successful world’s fair of the 20th century, Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada.
book links to amazon
dec 2014 trailer:
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince is one of the best-selling books of all time — about 140 million, which reportedly puts it somewhere between the first Harry Potternovel (107 million) and A Tale of Two Cities (200 million).
Le Petit Prince will debut October 7th, 2015 in France.
shows us moral breakdown eased only by the speech of a lucid child
We know the circumstances of the composition of “The Little Prince” in detail now, courtesy of Stacy Schiff’s fine biography, “Saint-Exupéry.” Escaped from Europe to an unhappy, monolingual exile in North America, ….., Saint-Exupéry wrote this most French of fables in Manhattan and Long Island. The book’s desert setting derives from the aviator Saint-Exupéry’s 1935 experience of having been lost for almost a week in the Arabian desert, with his memories of loneliness, hallucination, impending death (and enveloping beauty) in the desert realized on the page. The central love story of the Prince and Rose derives from his stormy love affair with his wife, Consuelo, …. The desert and the rose—his life as an intrepid aviator and his life as a baffled lover—were his inspiration. But between those two experiences, skewering them, dividing them with a line, was the war.
(One recalls Picasso’s comment to Matisse, when the troubled French painter asked him, in 1940, “But what about our generals, what are they doing?”: “Our generals? They’re the masters at the Ecole des Beaux Arts!” Picasso responded, meaning men possessed by the same rote formulae and absence of observation and obsessive traditionalism as the academic artists.
Saint-Exupéry wanted to rescue the person, not the statistic.
You can’t love roses. You can only love a rose.
The men the Prince meets on his journey to Earth are all men who have, in Bloch’s sense, been reduced to functions.
The world conspires to make us blind to its own workings; our real work is to see the world again.
via Maria: letter to a hostage
Maria Popova (@brainpicker) tweeted at 6:01 AM – 29 Jun 2018 :
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born on this day in 1900. His original watercolors for “The Little Prince” and the bittersweet true story behind the beloved book https://t.co/KbUNzw9OlChttps://t.co/4NQHKjwJvs (http://twitter.com/brainpicker/status/1012667276330446848?s=17)Children quite naturally see with the heart, the essential is clearly visible to them.