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  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446485323
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

Saint-Exupery

A Biography




The definitive and acclaimed biography of the author of THE LITTLE PRINCE - one of the most romantic figures in twentieth-century literature.

A fascinating account of the life of one of the century's great eccentrics - the brilliant Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Born in 1900 of impoverished aristocracy, he swiftly developed a mania for aviation, despite his chaotic mind and total technological incompetence. He flew reconnaissance missions in the War and wrote some strange and wonderful books, including the classic children's story THE LITTLE PRINCE, between theatrically executed airplane crashed. He died in the air in 1944, and his brief life instantly acquired mythical status. 'Every facet of Saint-Exupery's short and dramatic life is covered in this fascinating biography. This is Stacy Schiff's first book, but she writes with all the skill, assurance and mastery of an old literary hand. If there was such a thing as a prize for a first biography, I would nominate this book. ' Frank McLynn, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.

  • Pub date: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446485323
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

About the Author

Stacy Schiff

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Excupéry, a Pulitzer Prizefinalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America,winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français d'Améruque. All three were New York Times Notable Books; the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, and The Economist also named A Great Improvisation a Best Book of the Year. The biographies have been published in a host of foreign editions.
Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a Director's Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She was awarded a 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Schiff has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

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Praise for Saint-Exupery

“A beautiful piece of writing, supremely poised, drawing so effortlessly from its research that it is difficult to believe Schiff wasn't an eyewitness”

Observer

“A remarkable biography; indeed, it is impossible to imagine a job better done.”

The New Yorker


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