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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“If you please--draw me a sheep!”

Whether or not you recognize Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s name, chances are you’re familiar with the extraterrestrial protagonist of his classic children’s picture book “The Little Prince.” The diminutive royal appears before the astonished narrator--a pilot stranded in the North African desert--and tells him of his interplanetary travels, his prickly but beloved rose back home, and why he's so particular about the details of the requested sheep drawing.

The philosophical, imaginative story and delicate watercolor illustrations have tugged heartstrings of all ages since the book’s publication in 1943, yet many American readers are unfamiliar with Saint-Exupéry beyond the adventures of his tiny traveller and might be surprised to learn that the author’s life was as colorful and rich as that of any of his creations. 

For instance, did you know that Saint-Exupéry... 

To learn more about the vibrant life, untimely death, and thoughtful works of this twentieth-century writer-pilot, check out these and other resources from The Library’s collection.



The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (book)




Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (memoir)




Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (novel / DVD)




"Antoine de Saint-Exupéry"* (biographical article)


"Antoine (Jean Baptiste Marie Roger) de Saint-Exupéry"* (biographical article)


"Clues to the Mystery of a Writer-Pilot Who Disappeared"* (article)


"Before He Fell to Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born in New York"* (article with audio)



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