Saint-Exupéry: A Biography

Saint-Exupéry: A Biography

by Stacy Schiff


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Saint-Exupéry: A Biography by Stacy Schiff

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805079135
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 392,985
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

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.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

October 26, 1961

Place of Birth:

Adams, Massachusetts


B.A., Williams College, 1982

Table of Contents


A King of Infinite Space

The Mother Country

Things in Heaven and Earth

Lost Horizons

Silver Linings

Walking on Air

Friends in High Places

The Swift Completion of Their Appointed Rounds

Toward the Country Where the Stones Fly

Brightness Falls

Beyond the Call of Duty

"Tayara Boum-Boum, Tayara Boum-Boum!"

Civil Evening Twilight

Where is France?

Resistance on Fifth Avenue

Anywhere Out of This World

Into Thin Air

Epilogue: Saint Antoine d’Exupéry

What People are Saying About This

Phillip Lopate

Exemplary. What distinguishes this biography from so many others is the elegance, witty intelligence, and sure line-by-line pleasure of the writing.

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