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The great-niece of the author of The Little Prince introduces a selection of Saint Exupéry's letters, diaries, and journals, as well as samples from his published writings, that offer an illuminating account of his life, artistry, fascination with the sky and desert, and more.
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Nathalie des Valliéres is a greatniece of Saint Exupéry. She is an art historian currently serving as secretary of the Society for the Work and Memory of Antoine de Saint Exupéry. She has authored Saint Exupéry, the Archangel and the Writer (Gallimard, 1998), and Saint Exupéry's Notebooks (Gallimard, 1999).
Despite the wealth of biographical detail in this collection of French wartime hero aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's (1900â€"1944) letters, drawings, photographs and private notebooks, both Saint-Exupéry and the genesis of his best-known book, The Little Prince, remain essentially mysterious. Even though The Little Prince, that children's book that so many children found somewhat perplexing in its adult themes of exile and loss, is rarely directly addressed, with only a few early sketches of the prince and friends provided among the 9.75" x 11.25" collection's 200 color illustrations, it haunts the narrative of Saint-Exupéry's life. Adoringly written by a great-niece of Saint-Exupéry, the collection provides a wealth of minute details of Saint-Exupéry's childhood and close friendships, yet provides virtually no information on some essentials, such as his mysterious father, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack when Saint-Exupéry was four. These sorts of factual elisions occur regularly throughout the book, despite its oddly repetitive structure, in which central events in Saint-Exupéry's life are described over and over again, creating an almost mythic feel. American readers familiar only with The Little Prince may find much of interest about Saint-Exupéry, who was also the author of several books based on his daring flights, including Night Flight and Flight to Arras, and who stayed in the United States from 1940 to 1943, trying to persuade the United States to enter the war. In fact, his "Letter to an American" could speak directly to today's rift between the United States and France. He disappeared during one last wartime flight on July 31, 1944.
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Book Description New York: Rizzoli, 2004. Condition: Neu. 215 S. Tadellos. Nahezu ohne Gebrauchsspuren. - Inhalt: Saint Exupery, Writer -- The Youth of a Little Prince -- The Friends of Saint Exupery -- The Airline Pilot -- "My Dear Mama" -- The Desert and Solitude -- Saint Exupery, Inventor and Magician -- Participation in the War -- Saint Exupery and Women -- Saint Exupery and Death. - Although Antoine de Saint Exupery has been well known for his artistic and literary talents ever since the publication of The Little Prince in 1943, it is less well known that ever since childhood he decorated his letters, notebooks, journals, diaries (and later his manuscripts) with small drawings, caricatures, cartoons and visual puzzles. This anthology features the most beautiful and artful of these uncollected occasional writings of Saint Exupery from his juvenilia until his death. Covering his entire life, this anthology gives unprecedented glimpses into Saint Exupery's childhood, friendships and love affairs, travels and adventures, his fascination with the sky and experiences as a pilot for the postal service and as a fighter pilot, and his passion for the desert and for solitude. With over 80 color facsimiles, this remarkable anthology invites the reader to rediscover the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most important writers through his drawings and manuscripts. (Klappentext) ISBN 9780847825943 Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1650 Fadengehefteter Originalpappband mit Schutzumschlag. Seller Inventory # 964344
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