70th Anniversary of the Publication of The Little Prince

April 22, 2013 | By Rachael Small

The Little Prince was first published in French on April 6, 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock, a now defunct publishing housed based in New York City. At the time, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, France’s renowned literary pilot, was preparing to leave the city where he had lived in exile since January 1941. This exile, the distance the war forced between him and those he loved, tormented him and he lamented living in New York “when my people are dying and suffering from the war."

This little book, published abroad, would take on a life of its own and become the most widely read and widely translated in the French language. Today, The Little Prince is available in some 260 languages and dialects, including braille. Saint-Exupéry, whose Wind, Sand & Stars received the 1939 National Book Award for nonfiction, would never know the true extent of success garnered by this slim, illustrated volume. It is a philosophical and poetic tale that describes the beauty of childhood, imagination, curiosity, loyalty and wonder.

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the publication of The Little Prince, The Saint-Exupéry Estate, along with publishers Gallimard (France) and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH Books USA), The Morgan Library & Museum and other partners are planning book launches, exhibitions, contests, and other exciting events. Both publishers are releasing special 70th Anniversary Deluxe Editions of The Little Prince, including enhanced original full-color illustrations, audio components, commentary, new biographies of Saint-Exupéry, and more.

More info: http://www.creerdesliens.com

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