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A true love story… how many authors had one of their own?
Readers love to think about the love story of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, or even the ones that end like Arthur Miller and Marilyn …

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The Little Prince: A New York Story
February 1, 2014 – 2:27 pm | No Comment
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944) The Little Prince New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943 The Morgan Library & Museum, New York Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2013

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944)
The Little Prince
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2013

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, lived in New York and actually wrote and published the book we all know as a French piece here in the United States.

A new exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum focuses on the story’s beginning in NYC and exhibits 25 of the original manuscript pages. Some pages have burns, coffee stains, markings and best of all, drawings by the author. The exhibit also contains some personal items of the author, including letters, photos and a silver bracelet that was the last thing the much-loved author gave the world.

Interview with Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Can you describe a couple of the artifacts from the author in the exhibit? The recent NPR story mentioned a silver bracelet. It sounds like that could be one of the most talked about pieces in the exhibit?

Indeed—the end of The Little Prince and the end of Saint-Exupéry’s life converged in a most heartbreaking way. Just as the little prince disappeared from earth, leaving the reader to contemplate his fate, Saint-Exupéry himself never returned from his final reconnaissance mission on 31 July 1944. Astonishingly, the silver identity bracelet he was wearing when his plane was shot down was recovered near Marseille in 1998 after it was snagged in a fisherman’s net. It is inscribed with Saint-Exupéry’s name and the address of the American publisher of The Little Prince (Reynal & Hitchcock). The last line reads N.Y.C., U.S.A.—an extraordinary reminder of the author’s close link with our city and our country. We’re honored to be able to present this moving artifact in the exhibition.

Tell our readers something about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry they may not know… is the story of the author’s life included in the exhibit?

Identity bracelet of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944) Worn during his last mission with the 2/33 French Reconnaissance Group under the command of the Mediterranean Allied Photo Reconnaissance Wing, 31 July 1944 Estate of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Identity bracelet of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944)
Worn during his last mission with the 2/33 French Reconnaissance Group under the command of the Mediterranean Allied Photo Reconnaissance Wing, 31 July 1944 Estate of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This exhibition is about the making of a story—it takes us back (as close as possible) to the moment of creation. It is not a biography but rather a window into a particular time in the author’s life. And so in addition to the manuscript and drawings, the exhibition includes letters, drawings, and books that make clear that even during wartime—even in his despair and isolation— Saint-Exupéry formed meaningful bonds with people and left a deep impression on Americans. For example, on view are drawings he gave to Elizabeth Reynal, a French-speaking friend (and wife of his publisher) who found him an apartment when he first arrived, and a diary entry by Anne Morrow

John Phillips (1914–1996) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Alghero, Sardinia, May 1944 Silver gelatin print Collection of Andrea Cairone, New York © John and Annamaria Phillips Foundation

John Phillips (1914–1996)
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Alghero, Sardinia, May 1944
Silver gelatin print
Collection of Andrea Cairone, New York
© John and Annamaria Phillips Foundation

Lindbergh, fellow aviator and author, who read an advance copy of the The Little Prince and saw in it a cry of personal anguish. We even have an enthusiastic fan letter from an American schoolteacher from the Midwest who thanked him for giving us the right book at the right time: “I believe it will cause many people to think more deeply and it is a time when we need help in thinking more deeply.”

I saw you also recently had an Edgar Allan Poe exhibit. Do you often feature authors at The Morgan?Yes, the Morgan frequently presents exhibitions on literary themes, often drawn from our rich collection of authors’ manuscripts and letters—in recent years we’ve held exhibitions on Poe, Twain, Dickens, and Austen. And visitors can always see a selection of great letters, manuscripts, and rare printed books on view in our magnificent 1906 library, designed by Charles McKim for the American financier Pierpont Morgan.

Holiday Gift Ideas 2013
December 8, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

It’s time for our annual list of holiday gift ideas for the readers in your life! Enjoy!
Author Dolls 
 
This Etsy shop offers over 180 different author dolls! They’re darling and affordable. Get James Joyce, Gene …

Allison Lynn: Will the Squirrels Help?
September 13, 2013 – 8:32 am | No Comment
Allison Lynn: Will the Squirrels Help?

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
I’m a creature of habit, so my favorite place to write is at my own desk …

Michael Dahlie: Dark Basements
September 9, 2013 – 7:43 pm | No Comment
Michael Dahlie: Dark Basements

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write, Michael Dahlie?
My favorite place to write is any dark basement.
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Danielle Sosin: Writing in a Rarified World
September 9, 2013 – 7:36 pm | No Comment
Danielle Sosin: Writing in a Rarified World

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
My favorite place to write is in the rarified world of an art colony. It is …

Peter Heller: Unlimited Caffeine
September 8, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
Peter Heller: Unlimited Caffeine

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
I write in my neighborhood coffee shop, in Denver.  I like the hubbub, the noise, etc.  …

Andrew Nikiforuk: Writing in a Dark Corner
September 8, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
Andrew Nikiforuk: Writing in a Dark Corner

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
My favorite place is the dark corner of a room away …

Brian Fagan: In the Company of Congenial People
September 8, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment
Brian Fagan: In the Company of Congenial People

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
Any place where I’m in the company of congenial people with …

B.A. Shapiro: Overlooking Boston
September 8, 2013 – 10:56 am | No Comment
B.A. Shapiro: Overlooking Boston

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
My favorite place to write is in my tiny study at …

Mary Cassanova: Being Near Nature
September 8, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment
Mary Cassanova: Being Near Nature

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
My favorite place to write? Two favorites! I love to write from the yellow Adirondack chair …

Cast of “Longmire” Series to Attend Longmire Days in Buffalo, Wyoming
July 31, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment
Cast of “Longmire” Series to Attend Longmire Days in Buffalo, Wyoming

BUFFALO, W.Y. — A&E’s No. 1 original hit drama series “Longmire” has launched into its second season with more than 4.3 million viewers, the series is one of A&E’s most successful shows to debut. …

Nancy Horan: Soaking In the Atmosphere at Taliesin
October 1, 2012 – 1:07 pm | One Comment
Nancy Horan: Soaking In the Atmosphere at Taliesin

Ms. Horan , do you write on location or on your desk at home?
Yes, I definitely write when I visit the location of a scene from the book I’m working on. In the case …

Wendy McClure: Writing to Defeat the Fear
September 30, 2012 – 9:54 am | No Comment
Wendy McClure: Writing to Defeat the Fear

Where do you write, Wendy?In my office at home, though sometimes I like to take my laptop out to my back porch. I have also written in hotel rooms and I plan on spending …

Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival in Las Vegas: A Real Time Travel Experience
September 8, 2012 – 10:11 am | No Comment
Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival in Las Vegas: A Real Time Travel Experience

Guest Post by Mark Steve
If you want to spend some moments in the scenario of 500 years ago, then there can be no better medium than a renaissance festival. The “Age of Chivalry Renaissance …

Sioux City, Iowa: Introduce Your Kids to Da Vinci
August 29, 2012 – 8:53 pm | No Comment
Sioux City, Iowa: Introduce Your Kids to Da Vinci

By Jennifer Noble
Guest Post
 I went on a recent exploration of the Sioux City Art Center  in Sioux City, Iowa, and had a blast!  I knew there was a Da Vinci exhibit on the way, …

Fish On Kids Books by K. J. Houtman
August 27, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment
Fish On Kids Books by K. J. Houtman

Intended to educate and motivate the five book Fish on Kids book series gets kids inspired to put down the smart phone and pick up the fishing rod.
With a career in the American Sportsfishing …

Five Cities with Book Tours
March 11, 2012 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
Five Cities with Book Tours

Everyone loves a book where the setting is as important as the characters. The Help wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t in Jackson, Mississippi. The Firm just had to be in Memphis …

Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love Romances
February 11, 2012 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love Romances

Have a friend who is always glued to the latest romance novels? Here’s a list of gift ideas for her for Valentine’s Day!
Personalized Romances – choose from a large list of romantic books, and …

Bookthingys – Necessity for Travelers That Read
January 22, 2012 – 5:53 pm | No Comment
Bookthingys – Necessity for Travelers That Read

Sometimes a dust jacket on a new book just gets in the way – especially if you’re traveling. Sharon Kom of Bookthingys.com came up with the perfect solution for travelers – a book cover …

Presidents Day Trip to Roosevelt’s Birthplace
January 10, 2012 – 9:32 pm | No Comment
Presidents Day Trip to Roosevelt’s Birthplace

Re-enactor Joe Wiegand greets the visitors at Roosevelt’s 150th birthday celebration.

Naturalist, rancher, explorer and of course president, Theodore Roosevelt, easily makes the list of the United States’ most loved presidents.

Historical fiction about the president …

Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love History Books
November 28, 2011 – 12:23 pm | No Comment
Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love History Books

Does your significant other have every book ever written on Abraham Lincoln? Do you have a painting of George Washington in your dining room? Is following the footsteps of Lewis and Clark at the top …

Guest Post: AnyBook: Reader on the Road
November 20, 2011 – 9:34 am | No Comment
Guest Post: AnyBook: Reader on the Road

Guest Post: AnyBook
Reader on the Road
Maintaining daily reading habits with your children can get a bit tricky on a family road trip. For families with earlier readers (like ours), options for reading while driving including …

Betsy-Tacy Houses Enchant Even Grown Up Girls: Guest Post
September 24, 2011 – 10:46 am | One Comment
Betsy-Tacy Houses Enchant Even Grown Up Girls: Guest Post

By Jennifer Bertram
Maybe it was the relatively limited selection in my small hometown’s public library, my voracious reading appetite, or a connection I felt to the heroine, but I was arguably the biggest fan …

C.J. Box: Location Predator
June 14, 2011 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
C.J. Box: Location Predator

I’m a location predator, and I find out I’m on the prowl even when I don’t want to be on the prowl or don’t even know it — always observing and banking locations that …

Pat Dennis: Writing in a Moving Cocoon
June 12, 2011 – 10:13 am | No Comment
Pat Dennis: Writing in a Moving Cocoon

One of my favorites places to write moves slowly, jiggles a bit too much, and occasionally stalls. Perhaps I love it because the same attributes can be attributed to me in my senior years. …

Guest Post: A Wilder Traveler by Sarah S. Uthoff
June 9, 2011 – 9:18 pm | No Comment
Guest Post: A Wilder Traveler by Sarah S. Uthoff

It was a casual conversation that changed my life. Right after I was born my mother spoke with someone at work who told her since she had a little girl, she needed to get …