Antoine de St. Exupery display at a bookstore in Lille, France
St. Exupery display in Lille, France

Happy Birthday, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, would have been 114 today. Some are taken from us much too soon.

Nearly two million copies of Le Petit Prince are sold annually, with sales topping 140 million worldwide, making it one of the top best-selling books in history. It’s also been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects, a few of which are illustrated in photo above, taken in Lille, France, in summer 2011.

Before the book elevated him to international literary stardom, Saint-Exupéry was already a noted aviation pioneer and adventurer. When France fell under German occupation during World War II, Saint-Exupéry went into exile in New York where he worked to convince the U.S. to join the anti-Nazi Germany cause. He left in April 1943 to join the Free French Air Force in North Africa and a little over a year later, on 31 July 1944, he disappeared during a reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean and was presumed dead.

His is a fascinating story; begin exploring with his wiki bio. Below is another display I came across just a few days ago in Bratislava.

Little Prince display at the municipal library in Bratislava, Slovakia
Little Prince display at the municipal library in Bratislava, Slovakia, June 2014

The lead pic serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 168th (!) straight since this daily project was rekick-started.

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And on this day from the Piran Café archive:

2012 – A loosely-knit photo essay for a #frifotos twitter challenge, For Sale – Encounters with Commerce, which includes photos taken in Nicaragua, Kenya, Istanbul, Piraeus, Greece and Shanghai. Enjoy!

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