Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Little Prince Author Mystery Solved

Telegraph | Arts | The other side of the story
The London Telegraph reports that a diver in Marseille has discovered the wreckage of author Antoine de St. Exupéry's Lockheed P-38 fighter plane, which disappeared during a WWII mission in 1943. The find has caused controversy in France, because neither the government nor the wealthy and influential St. Exupéry family want evidence in the wreakage to tarnish the writer's reputation. The evidence confirms the writer, who was an experienced pilot, was not shot down, but rather committed suicide. St. Exupéry was despondent in the months leading to his death due to financial problems, and the fact that he had been accused of being a Nazi sympathizer by DeGaulle and was under surveillance. He would never live to see the success of his classic The Little Prince.

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