Stacy Schiff Saint-Exupery: A Biography

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Saint-Exupery: A Biography

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From a master biographer, the life story of the daring French aviator who became one of the twentieth century's most beloved authors

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry disappeared at age forty-four during a reconnaissance flight over southern France. At the time he was best known for a career of daring flights over the Sahara, the Pyrenees, and Patagonia and for his contributions to the science of aviation. But the solitary hours he spent above the earth in open cockpit airplanes gave birth to a more famous legacy, a series of enchanting, autobiographical novels and the classic story The Little Prince, still the most translated book in the French language.

An impoverished aristocrat from one of France's oldest families, Saint-Exupéry moved at age twenty-seven to the western Sahara Desert, to live alone in a plank shack and manage the way station for the Aéropostale, the French mail service. His careers as a novelist and an aviator were born here, and his life once he returned to Europe was defined―with brilliant and catastrophic results―by the sense of isolated fascination and curiosity he developed in the desert.

In this definitive biography, Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff reveals an intrepid and unconventional life that rivals the best adventure stories.

"A remarkable biography; indeed, it is impossible to imagine the job better done. It is balanced, perceptive, thoroughly researched, and exceptionally well-written." ―The New Yorker

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Stacy Schiff is the author of A Great Improvisation and Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Schiff lives in New York City.

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"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." This is from The Little Prince, a book that still sells 135,000 copies a year in America, 52 years after Saint-Exup{‚}ery (1900-44) wrote it during one of his many tempestuous exiles from his homeland. Saint-Exup{‚}ery himself has been largely forgotten, but Schiff has resurrected him in this invigoratingly witty, meticulous, and tenderhearted biography. After describing his "enchanted-garden childhood," Schiff goes on to create a vivid portrait of this "impoverished aristocrat." Dark-eyed, ungainly, bohemian, and romantic, Saint-Exup{‚}ery never outgrew his boyhood passion for poetry, magic, and flying machines and was happiest as a mail pilot flying the Casablanca-Dakar route over the forbidding but liberating western Sahara, a landscape that shaped all of his fiction. A man adored by women, his tumultuous marriage to Consuelo Gomez Carrillo was legendary, as was his knack for getting himself into political hot water. A man brimming with dreams and sorrow, he disappeared into thin air in a plane crash as inevitable and enigmatic as the demise of his Little Prince. Schiff tells Saint-Exup{‚}ery's adventure-filled and impassioned life story with remarkable skill and insight, sending us back to his books with renewed interest and compassion. Donna Seaman

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