By Marta Garde
Paris, Jun 29 (efe-epa).- French aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry became a best selling French author with The Little Prince, a poetic adventure about a young pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert.
Born in the French city of Lyon, Saint-Exupéry would have turned 120 years old on Monday.
The short philosophical tale which has become a modern classic came to light a year before his death in 1944 and is still the most translated French novel.
In his works such as The Aviator, Land of Men and Flight to War Saint-Exupéry reflected on the nature of man and used planes and aviation to navigate and explore the world in a fable-like narrative.
He was born into an impoverished noble family as the third of five children of Count Jean de Saint-Exupéry and his wife Marie.
His blond curly locks, just like the protagonist of his story, earned him the nickname of Sun King as a child.
“He came from a very old family that dates back to the Crusades, but they were poor. He was an aviator because he had to earn a living,” says Virgil Tanase, a writer and playwright and author of a biography and Saint-Exupéry theatre adaptation.
Despite his poverty, Saint-Exupéry’s aristocratic roots did open some professional doors to him.
He did not manage to get into naval school, so he did his military service with the air force and was finally able to fulfil his childhood dream of learning to fly.