Saint-Exupéry: A Biography

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Chatto & Windus, 1994 - Air pilots - 525 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-Exupery 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-Exupery moved at age twenty-seven to the western Sahara Desert, to live alone in a plank shack and manage the way station for the Aeropostale, 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
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The Mother Country 19001909
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Things in Heaven and Earth 19091915
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Stacy Schiff is a Pulitzer-Prize winning American nonfiction author. She was born on October 26, 1961 in Adams, Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. degree from Williams College in 1982. She was a Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster until 1990. In 2000 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her biography of Véra Nabokov, wife of author Vladimir Nabokov. She was also a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Saint-Exupéry: A Biography about Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Schiff's most recent biography, Cleopatra: A Life, was published by Little Brown in November of 2010 and reached the New York Times Bestseller List.

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