Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupéry was a French pilot and writer who is best known for his lyrical aviation writings, and his story The Little Prince, which has become a modern classic. Born on June 29, 1900 in Lyon France, Saint-Exupéry found in aviation both a source for heroic action and a new literary theme. Some of his most well known literary works include Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight. Saint-Exupéry was also a successful commercial pilot before World War II, working airmail routes in Europe, Africa, and South America before he died in a plane crash on July 31, 1944, near Marseille, France.

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