The Little Prince: A New York Story

The Little Prince is one of my favorites books. Besides reading in Portuguese when I was growing up, this book was the first one I ever read in English. So The Little Prince is extra special to me. The Morgan Library & Museum has an awesome exhibition until April 27th about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the story of the book, of course. If you are a fan (or not), it’s worth going. Here is a little bit more about:

“…Saint-Exupéry appeared at his friend Silvia Hamilton’s door wearing his military uniform. “I’d like to give you something splendid,” he said, “but this is all I have.” He tossed a rumpled paper bag onto her entryway table. Inside were the manuscript and drawings for The Little Prince, which the Morgan acquired from her in 1968. Focusing on the story’s American origins, this exhibition features twenty-five of the manuscript pages—replete with crossed-out words, cigarette burns, and coffee stains—and all forty-three of the earliest versions of drawings for the book. Also on view are rare printed editions from the Morgan’s collection as well as personal letters, photographs, and artifacts on loan from the Saint-Exupéry estate, private collections, and museums and libraries in France and the United States. The Little Prince: A New York Story is the first exhibition to explore in depth the creative decisions Saint-Exupéry made as he crafted his beloved story that reminds us that what matters most can only be seen with the heart.”

MA 2592.32 Saint-ExupeÌry, Antoine de, 1900-1944.   Le petit prince et la main du pilote tenant un marteau  [New York, 1942]

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Have you ever read The Little Prince? What did you think? The Morgan Library & Museum is located at 225 Madison Avenue. Here is the link for more info. Xoxo

(photos + info: the morgan library)

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