Saint-Exupery: A Biography

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Macmillan, Feb 7, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 529 pages
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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.

"A remarkable biography; indeed, it is impossible to imagine the job better done. It is balanced, perceptive, thoroughly researched, and exceptionally well-written." —The New Yorker

 

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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

SAINT-EXUPêRY: A Biography

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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

A King of Infinite Space 19271928
3
The Mother Country 19001909
31
Things in Heaven and Earth 19091915
44
Lost Horizons 19151920
56
Silver Linings 19201922
75
Walking on Air 19221926
95
Friends in High Places 1926
119
The Swift Completion of Their Appointed Rounds
142
Toward the Country Where the Stones Fly 19291931
166
Brightness Falls 19311933
196
Tayara BournBourn Tayara BournBourn
257
Civil Evening Twilight 19371939
279
Into Thin Air 19431944
402
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Stacy Schiff is the author of A Great Improvisation and Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography. 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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