Antoine de Saint-Exupery was born in Lyon, France. He took his first flight at the age of eleven, and became a pilot at twenty-six. He was a pioneer of international commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II.
His writings include The Little Prince, Wind, Sand and Stars, and Southern Mail. In 1944, while he was serving with a French air squadron on a reconnaissance mission, his plane disappeared over the Mediterranean.