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Antoine  de Saint-Exupéry

and his wife Consuelo [1901-79]

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Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry
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                  b&w portrait of Consuelo [1901-79] and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1900-44]

“Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.”

“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather
teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

“I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.”

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

“I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.”

—  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Saint-Exupéry Society official website
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry entry at Wikipedia
browse Saint-Exupery Store {returns 130+ titles} at Amazon
search books on keyword 'Saint-Exupéry' {returns 1,100+ items} at Amazon

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry credits as writer [1933-2015] at Internet Movie Database
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry credits as character at Internet Movie Database

Primary Works
browse Saint-Exupery Store {returns 130+ titles} at Amazon
search books on keyword 'Saint-Exupéry' {returns 1,100+ items} at Amazon

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"Courrier Sud (Southern Mail)" [1929] by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – made as a movie in French
http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Translated-ANTOINE-SAINT-EXUPERY/dp/B000MNEKHY/ = 1951

"Night Flight (Vol de Nuit)" [1931] by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Preface by Andre Gide
winner of the full Prix Femina, and made twice as a movie and a TV film, both in English

"Terre des Hommes (Wind, Sand and Stars)" philosophical memoir [2/1939]
winner of the Grand Prix du Roman de L'Académie Française + winner of the U.S. National Book Award

"Airman's Odyssey: A Trilogy Comprising Wind, Sand, and Stars, Night Flight, and Flight To Arras" [1942]

"Pilote de Guerre (Flight To Arras)" [1942] – winner of the Grand Prix Littéraire de l'Aéro-Club de France[82]

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Spirit of America Bookstore's
"The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)" 1943 Novel & Movies Page

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"Citadelle: The Wisdom of The Sands" [1948] by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – winner of the Prix des Ambassadeurs
http://www.amazon.com/Citadelle-Wisdom-Sands-Antoine-Saint-Exupery/dp/5170181892/ = 2004

Other  Works

"L'Aviateur (The Aviator)" [1926] later publd in the anthology "A Sense of Life"

"Lettre à Un Otage (Letter To A Hostage" [1944] by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Lettres à Une Jeune Fille" [1950]

"Lettres de Jeunesse, 1923-1931" [1953]

"Lettres à L'Amie Inventée" [1953]

"Carnets" [1953]

"Lettres à Sa Mère" [1955]

"Un Sens à La Vie" [1956] / "A Sense of Life" [Funk & Wagnalls 1965]

"Lettres de Saint-Exupéry" [1960]

"Lettres aux Americains" [1960]

"Pages Choisies" [5/1962] by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Écrits de Guerre (Wartime Writings), 1939–1944" [1982] by Antoine de Saint-Exupery & Norah Purcell

"Der Flieger und Die Sterne" anthology [3/2000]

"A Guide For Grown-ups: Essential Wisdom From The Collected Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry"
http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Grown-ups-Essential-Collected-Saint-Exup%C3%A9ry/dp/0544671945/ [10/2015]
http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Grown-ups-first-Text-Only/dp/B004RD85NU/ [2002]

"Manon, Danseuse" [2007]

"Lettres à L'Inconnue" [2008]

Movies,  Stageplays,  Other  Media
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry credits as writer [1933-2015] at Internet Movie Database
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry credits as character at Internet Movie Database
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's one credit at Internet Broadway Database

Coded here are the non-Little Prince movies & TV shows; details of movies based on "The Little Prince" are of course
on the Spirit of America Bookstore "The Little Prince" 1943 Novel & Movies Page

"Night Flight" [1933] (novel "Vol de Nuit")

"Anne-Marie" [1936]

"The Conquest of The Air" [1936] (stories)

"Southern Carrier" [1937] novel & screenplay?

"Antoine de Saint-Exupéry" documentary short [1958]

"Éjszakai Repülés" b&w TV movie [1963] based on 1931 night flight

"Didier Daurat" [1967] episode /tt4479546/ (novel: "Vol de Nuit", excerpts)
of the "La Nuit Écoute"
TV series

"The Spirit of Adventure: Night Flight" TV movie [1979] (novel "Vol de Nuit")

"Poust" 32-minute short [2004] based on a story

"Fantasia Lusitana" documentary [2010] excerpts from memoirs

Works  About  Antoine  de Saint-Exupéry

"Saint-Exupéry In America, 1942-1943: A Memoir" [1971] by his translator Adèle Breaux
http://www.amazon.com/Saint-Exupery-America-1942-1943-Memoir-Breaux/dp/0838676103/ + SaintExuperyInAmericaAB.jpg

"Au Revoir Saint-Ex" [5/1994] by John Philipps & Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Saint-Exupéry: A Biography" [Henry Holt 1994 & 2006] by Stacy Schiff ISBN 978-0-8050-7913-5

"Saint-Ex" musical stageplay [2011]
poster for 2011 stageplay 'Saint-Ex in Vermont'  Written by {husband-wife team} lyricist-librettist Sean Barry and composer Jenny Giering; world premiere ran August through September in 2011 at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont. The stageplay explores the relationship of 'Saint-Ex' with his brother, his tempestuous marriage, and the conflict between his career as an aviator and his success as an author. Directed by Kent Nicholson; starring Alexander Gemignani {as Saint-Ex}, Cass Morgan {as his mother Maman}, and Krysta Rodriguez {as Consuelo}, along with Charlie Brady, Stanley Bahorek, Haley Bond Petersen, Miguel Jarquin-Moreland, Amy Justman, Carl Kimbrough, Omar Lopez-Cepero & Price Waldman; music director Matt Castle, production stage manager Jess Johnston.
Weston Playhouse official production webpage

"Sometimes Eagles Wings: The Saga of Aéropostale" [1/2011] by Joy Dunkerley

"Lonely Heart of The Little Prince" novel [12/2013] by LeeAnna Neumeyer

"The Pilot and The Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry" [ages 7-10; 5/2014] by Peter Sís
Frances Foster/FSG 9780374380694

"Emigré New York: French Intellectuals In Wartime Manhattan, 1940-1944" [12/2014] by Jeffrey Mehlman

Image  Gallery

common b&w photograph of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry next to his airplane at Toulouse Airport in 1933         b&w photograph of Consuelo and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry  [1901-79]
Consuelo Suncin was born in Armenia, El Salvador on 10 April 1901. During a trip to Buenos Aires in 1930, she met Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who was the leader of the Aéropostale in Argentina. The tiny Salvadoran beauty had already been widowed twice while in her twenties and Antoine would become her third and last husband. The two met and Antoine experienced love at first sight, but Consuelo needed to be pursueded; according to a story about the couple, Antoine asked for Consuelo's hand in marriage during an epic flight over Buenos Aires, saying that he would not land the airplane until she said 'yes'. They married in a civil ceremony in Nice, France on 22 April 1931. Consuelo became a prolific artist and was part of the Surrealist group, which included Marcel Duchamp, Oscar Dominguez, Balthus, Breton, Andre Derain, Picasso, and Salvador Dali. In 1940, urged by her husband (in New York at the time), Consuelo drove through France to take refuge in the free zone in the south of France; she was forced to wait alone in southern France for a visa to the United States. During their long times apart, Consuelo and Antoine exchanged many love letters; they were able to reunite while her husband was writing his final book, "The Little Prince". (The numerous allusions in the book to flowers and roses are thought to be a direct reference to Consuelo.) Antoine left Consuelo in New York to fly his last mission, a reconnaissance flight for the Free French in 1944; he was lost over the Mediterranean, his body and the airplane were never found. Consuelo remained in New York until July 1946 when she returned to France and focused on painting and sculpture, with many successful exhibitions. Consuelo mourned 'Tonnio', her 'knight flyer', until her death at Grasse, France in May 1979.
(Her full name was Consuelo Suncin Sandoval de Gómez Zeceña de Saint-Exupéry.)
Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry entry at Wikipedia
official website [est. 2004] based in Grasse, France
nephew's Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry fansite

"Kingdom of the Rocks: Memories of Oppède" [1946] by Consuelo about Antoine

"Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry: La Rose du Petit Prince" [2000] by Paul Webster

"O Consuelo" [2000] by Alain Vircondelet

"The Tale of The Rose: The Passion That Inspired The Little Prince" [written 1945, publd 2001]
"The Tale of The Rose: The Love Story Behind The Little Prince" [Random House, 2000] ISBN 978-0-8129-6717-3
translated by Esther Allen

"The Rose That Captivated The Little Prince: Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry" [2003] by Abigaíl Suncín
"La Rosa que Cautivó al Principito: Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry"
http://www.amazon.com/captivated-Little-Prince-Consuelo-Saint-Exup%C3%A9ry-ebook/dp/B00ERH86PS/ [8/2013]

"Antoine et Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry: Un Amour de Légende" [2005] by Alain Vircondelet

"C'étaient Antoine et Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry" [2009] by Alain Vircondelet

"Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry: Une Mariée Vêtue de Noir" [2010]
by Marie-Hélène Carbonel & Martine Fransioli Martinez

Other  Family  &  Friends
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in June 1900 in Lyon, France; he married Consuelo in 1931; "The Little Prince" was published in 1943;
he died while flying a reconaissance mission in July 1944.

father Count Jean de Saint Exupéry [1863–1904]
mother Countess Marie de Fonscolombe []
two siblings born before Antoine, two siblings born after

English tutor & translator Adèle Breaux [] during his Northport stay
wrote a memoir about that time, published in 1971 {see above}

Consuelo's longtime paramour Swiss writer Denis de Rougemont []

Antoine's lover Hélène 'Nelly' de Vogüé [1908–2003]
referred to as 'Madame de B.' in Saint-Exupéry biographies {her requirement before granting access to correspondence}

very good friend Anne Morrow Lindbergh [1906-2001] of Long Island, New York

best friend writer & art critic Léon Werth [1878–1955] who lived in eastern France
Antoine dedicated "The Little Prince" and another book to him

L i n k s
Saint-Exupéry Society official website
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry entry at Wikipedia
browse Saint-Exupery Store {returns 130+ titles} at Amazon
search books on keyword 'Saint-Exupéry' {returns 1,100+ items} at Amazon

Cafe Saint-Ex Restaurant Bar, 1847 14th Street NW in Washington, DC
Morgan Friedman's 'St-Ex' Pages
Saint-Exupery TV channel [est. 8/2009] at YouTube

here on the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1900-1944] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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