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Do you want to know more about the current exhibition « The Little Prince, a New-York story » ?
Go to see this video !

From now until the end of April, “The Little Prince: A New York Story”, a new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan, takes visitors behind the scenes of one of the world’s favourite stories.

“The Little Prince” was written in New York City while its aviator author was in exile there during World War II. The exhibition reveals how Saint-Exupéry transformed his original doodles into a book that captured the imagination of children and adults across the globe.

“He didn’t speak English, he was far from home,” Christine Nelson, the curator of the exhibition, told FRANCE 24. “He was in absolute despair about what was going on in the world, and this book really comes out of that. And yet he managed to create a book that is infused with hope.”

The original hand-written manuscript of that book, and the accompanying watercolours, were bought by the museum in 1968, and are displayed as part of the exhibition. They reportedly have never left Manhattan.

The exhibition also features the bracelet Saint-Exupéry was wearing when his plane went down off the coast of Corsica just weeks before the end of the war. It was found by a fisherman near Marseille more than five decades later.

Nostalgia in New York

The author arrived in New York on the last day of 1940, planning to stay for a month.

He ended up staying for more than two years.

Saint-Exupéry lived for much of that time in a 23rd-floor apartment just south of Central Park, from which he is said to have routinely sent paper airplanes flying.

During the autumn of 1942, he moved into an isolated mansion on the northern shore of Long Island, far from the hustle and bustle of the big city. There, he spent long nights — cigarette in one hand, coffee in the other – delving into his childhood memories. He is said to have called friends at two o’clock in the morning to read them passages.

Gradually, the character forming in Saint-Exupéry’s head blossomed into the hero of the book that would define his legacy.

“One of his main themes is the memory of childhood,” explained Delphine Lacroix, a researcher specialised in Saint-Exupéry’s life and work. “It’s what makes a person who they are and it’s what gives them depth. For Saint-Exupéry, that enchanted world of childhood stayed with him all his life.”

Video by Jessica LE MASURIER , Emmanuel SAINT-MARTIN

Text by FRANCE 24


Fan Art Friday #22


Today, it’s a special Art&Crafts !

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Esther Jimenez

Sasha Mihajlovic

Sasha Mihajlovic

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Watermelon cupcake

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Anilau Purpurazul Nubecita

Anilau Purpurazul Nubecita

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Sungchul Park

But for inspiration, there is nothing like delving into reading …

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Elizabeth Builes

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giosolARTE


The Little Prince on ice… in video !


Relive the emotions of the French ice dancing program of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi!

 


New : « O Pequeno Principe » sticker album


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Abril, the largest Brazilian press group published a sticker album inspired by The Little Prince series. It displays the wonderful images from the episodes of the animated series alongside timeless classic quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Released today, the album will be available on newsstands.

The madness of collectible stickers may seize the Brazilian children!

 

 

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Four less-known quotes in French


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The Little Prince in the winning add of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.


Madrid book publisher association – Winner of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The dog tag reads: ”When you spend all those hours playing war video games, it’s not just your enemies you finish off. Save a book. Read a book. ‘The Little Prince.’ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1943.” It’s an ad for Madrid Book Publishers Association. Leave it in the hands of an author to decide whether a character lives or dies. Simple and heartbreaking, especially for those who know what it’s like to connect with a novel.


Mois de la Francophonie and Black History Month


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2013 marked the 70th anniversary of the publication of Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944). In the wake of this celebration, the French Heritage Language Program, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Succession Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, organizes a writing contest on human rights, children’s rights and Le Petit Prince, for all its high school students in New York City. The contest will be held from Feb. 3 to March 20, and the 1st prize will be awarded during The Little Prince Day at the New York Public Library on March 28.

Le Petit Prince is both the most read and most translated book in the French language. It has sold over 140 million copies and has been translated in 250 languages and dialects. Read in schools from Timbuktu to Shanghai and New York City, it is at once a popular masterpiece and an international literary reference that embodies values of respect and tolerance for other cultures. The Little Prince is also used by the United Nations to promote human rights and was even appointed ambassador for the Know Your Rights campaign aimed at making children better informed about their rights.

As we enter Black History Month and celebrate the fight for equality and freedom led by Marthin Luther King and Black Americans in the United States, February and March, the month of Francophonie, offer a great occasion to (re)discover Saint-Exupéry’s humanist work and remember that “the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

More about Saint-Exupéry in New York:

The Little Prince: A New York Story” exhibition runs through April 27 at the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street;

About us:

The French Heritage Language Program is an education program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) which offers free French classes to underserved public schools and community centers across the United States. All of our students are English Language Learners from West Africa and Haiti who recently immigrated to the United States. The objective of the program is to help these students keep strong bonds with their heritage language and cultures, reinforce their literacy in the home language to accelerate their acquisition of English, and facilitate their integration at school and in the professional world.


Fan Art Friday #21


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I am responsible for my rose
Because all lovers had to tame each other.

Happy Valentine’s day !

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Gabii Soad

Gabii Soad

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kurama-chan

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mj da luz

Lukan Zakrzewski

Lukan Zakrzewski

Nina Powers

Nina Powers

May Zayco

May Zayco

Zohreh Haddadi

Zohreh Haddadi

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Yuyu Jeong

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Ricardo Aguilar

Ricardo Aguilar

 


Delicate jewelry with our Little Prince


A new brand of jewelry is now available.

Gal Padani, is releasing a brand new collection based on the most poetical quotes and characters of the timeless book.

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If you crave this little gems, you can find them here !


NEW : Little Prince’s cards


The new cards are available at the Little Prince shop in Paris !

The 46 cards are adorned with the wonderful quotes and pictures of the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Here they are, just for you.

 

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