Antoine de Saint-Exupery
de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944) was a French aviator, journalist, author and poet. The Encyclopaedia Britannica refers to him as a "warrior who looked at adventure and danger with a poet’s eyes." de Saint-Exupery served in both World Wars as a pilot and helped to establish airmail routes in northwest Africa, the South Atlantic and in South America. His final flight was a reconnaissance mission over France in 1944; in 2004 wreckage recovered from the sea off of Marseilles was identified as belonging to de Saint-Exupery's plane.
A prolific writer, de Saint-Exupery earned many literary awards including the U.S. National Book Award. His work was banned in France by the Vichy government during the war, but, posthumously, he has been recognized for both his writing and flying in numerous ways by the French including several of his drawings from The Little Prince on the 50-franc banknote.
de Saint-Exupery is the only author I've reviewed thus far who has had a museum dedicated to honoring him: the Antoine de Saint-Exupery Museum in Tarfaya, Morocco founded in 2004 at the Cape Juby airfield and is devoted to his literary work.
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