The Little Prince (La Petit Prince in French) is a charming, short, and unforgettable book. It was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who was a French aristocrat writer in addition to being a pioneering aviator and much-lauded poet. It’s narrated by a little boy, but the philosophical subject matter is deep enough to enlighten adults and children alike.
When I was studying writing and directing in college, I was given an assignment to read this book. I don’t know why I had never done so before, but I just fell in love with the book and was so grateful for the assignment.
I’m not the only one who has an affinity for this creative piece of literature. In fact, it’s the most translated and read book in the French language. Over 200 million copies of the book have been sold since it was first published in 1943. This book that’s beloved by so many has now been adapted for films, plays, a ballet, and an opera.
The simple, pretty watercolor illustrations that were published on the cover and within the book have become about as famous as the book itself. They were also created by Saint-Exupery, who presumably passed away only a year after the book’s publication when his Lockheed P-38 vanished over the Mediterranean.
Fans of the book may also be enthralled to know that they can read some of the book that was marked through and not included in the published copy. The original manuscript is held at The Morgan Library & Museum in the Manhattan of borough of New York City.