Saint-exupery: A Biography

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 27, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 522 pages
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.
 

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stacy schiff did a great job with this biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry the man most well-know for writing The Little Prince. it was clear to me that extreme care was taken with the research for ... Read full review

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An overcautiously objective and unromantic approach to the French hybrid of T.E. Lawrence and Charles Lindbergh. Schiff, a former editor at Viking and Simon & Schuster, astutely begins at the middle ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
IA King of Infinite Space19271928
IIThe Mother Country19001909
IIIThings in Heaven and Earth19091915
IVLost Horizons19151920
VSilver Linings19201922
VIWalking on Air19221926
VIIFriends in High Places1926
XVIIInto Thin Air19431944
Saint Antoine dExupéry
Acknowledgments
Notes
XI BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY
XII TAYARA BOUMBOUM TAYARA BOUMBOUM
XIII CIVIL EVENING TWILIGHT
XIV WHERE IS FRANCE?

VIIIThe Swift Completion of Their Appointed Rounds19271929
IXToward the Country Where the Stones Fly19291931
XBrightness Falls19311933
XIBeyond the Call of Duty19331935
XIITayara BoumBoum Tayara BoumBoum19351937
XIIICivil Evening Twilight19371939
XIVWhere Is France?19391940
XVResistance on Fifth Avenue19401942
XVIAnywhere Out of This World19421943
XV RESISTANCE ON FIFTH AVENUE
XVI ANYWHERE OUT OF THIS WORLD
XVII INTO THIN AIR
SAINT ANTOINE DEXUPÉRY
Selected Bibliography
Photographic Credits
A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

STACY SCHIFF is the author of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography and Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, which was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. 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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