The Little Prince, a New York Story

The Little Prince is the subject of a major exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum of New-York !

Show includes the original working manuscript and watercolors as well as letters and photographs, exploring the creation of this literary landmark, 70 years ago, in New-York.

The Little Prince: A New York Story
January 24–April 27, 2014

New York, NY, December 3, 2013—Since its publication seventy years ago, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince has captivated millions of readers throughout the world. Remarkably, this French tale of an interstellar traveler who comes to Earth in search of friendship and understanding was written and first published in New York City, during the two years the author spent there at the height of the Second World War. The Little Prince: A New York Story, a major exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, will feature Saint-Exupéry’s original watercolors and heavily-revised working manuscript. Focusing on the story’s American origins, it is the first exhibition to explore in depth the creative decisions Saint-Exupéry made as he crafted what would become one of the best-selling books of all time—now translated into more than two hundred fifty languages. The Little Prince: A New York Story will be on view from January 24 through April 27, 2014.

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The heart of the exhibition is the display of the author’s working manuscript and drawings, which were acquired by the Morgan in 1968. Also on view will be 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 has had a profound impact on generations of children and adults alike,” said William M. Griswold, Director of the Morgan. “This exhibition allows us to step back to the moment of creation and witness Saint-Exupéry at work right here in New York. One discovers the author-aviator struggling with the enormity of events impacting his native France and the world at large, while finding the focus to complete a tale as magical today as it was seventy years ago.”