The Little Prince Never Ages


Popular French children’s book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.


Since it was published in New York in 1943 in English and French is has become one of the world’s most popular ever books.
More than 145 million copies have been sold worldwide and the book has been translated into around 265 different languages and dialects.


A new biography of author Antoine de Saint-Exupery is set to be published this year as well as an edition featuring the original manuscript and an e-book containing archive drawings and special features.


To mark the anniversary the original manuscript, complete with Saint-Exupéry’s famous watercolour sketches are on show in an exhibition in Paris.


Nicolas Delsalle, general secretary of the Foundation Antoine de Saint-Exupery the organisation that manages Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s author rights, said that the author drew on his own experiences as a pilot in the Second World War for the tale.


It tells the story of a stranded pilot in the desert who meets a young prince who has also fallen from the heavens. In a series of parables the prince recounts his adventures among the stars to the pilot.


Saint-Exupery died mysteriously during a 1944 reconnaissance mission aged 44, dying before the book was published.


A new biography by Virgil Tanase of the author is being published while an earlier book Saint-Exupery, Archangel and Writer by Nathalie des Vallieres is being reissued.


Publisher Folio is also issuing a limited edition with a booklet of 24 drawings by Saint-Exupery as well as a cartoon version.


A CD of the popular 1954 recording of the book narrated by Gerard Philippe is also available.


About Ray Clancy

Ray Clancy has 20 years experience in journalism including contributing articles to print and on-line publications such as, Property World Middle East and websites for estate agents. She has also written for the Daily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday.

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