A Paris exhibition is exhibiting the manuscript of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince for the 1st time in his native France, alongside with dozens of drawings that highlight the author’s talents as an illustrator.
The French-language manuscript of Le Petit Prince, one particular of the world’s most greatly translated books, is owned by the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, exactly where Saint-Exupery wrote the novella in 1942.
The exhibition also showcases watercolours and drawings, as effectively as photos and extracts from his correspondence that display Saint-Exupery was a prolific graphic artist with a knack for uncomplicated traces.
“It is touching to see how Saint-Exupery essential to attract to convey himself. He is known as a author and an aviator, but below we also learn him as an illustrator,” reported Anne Monier Vanryb, curator of the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts.
The exhibit reveals sketches of the minor prince with a doggy, a parakeet and a snail, relatively than the fox character in the story, as properly as unique drawings of the book’s characters.
Letters to his mother display Saint-Exupery inquiring for her view on his drawings, and expressing self-doubt about regardless of whether they were good more than enough.
“Saint-Exupery was really happy of the point that the book’s title webpage specified that it was with drawings by the creator, as he felt it was a actual accomplishment to have managed to illustrate it himself,” Monier Vanryb explained.
The novella was initial published in France in 1946, just after Saint-Exupery’s death in 1944, when his airplane disappeared for the duration of a military services reconnaissance mission more than the Mediterranean.
The exhibition shows dozens of the overseas-language editions of The Minor Prince, together with the most new translation, in the Rapa Nui language of Easter Island. There are now 498 translations of Saint-Exupery’s fable, Monier Vanryb stated.
“Written through World War II, in a incredibly sombre context, The Small Prince carries a concept of humanism and hope, that is some thing we can all determine with,” she reported.