SAINT-EXUPÉRY ANTOINE DE (1900-1944). Écrivain, journaliste et aviateur français.

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SAINT-EXUPÉRY ANTOINE DE (1900-1944). Écrivain, journaliste et aviateur français.
Signed autograph letter, signed « Antoine » (minute), [Canada, May 1942], to Curtice HITCHCOCK; 10 pages in-4 format, written on recto of leaves in black ink, leaves mounted on tabs and bound in a green halfcalf binding, smooth spine, gilt vertical lettering on spine (Montecot Sr Lavaux)
Rough draft of a very long letter by SaintExupéry to his New York publisher Curtice Hitchcock (1892-1946).
Saint-Exupéry travelled to Canada to hold several conferences at the request of the publisher Bernard Valiquette. He could not return to the United States because of a problem of exit visa. However, SaintExupéry had formulated remarks and opinions that could be perceived as being in favour of Pétain and it is believed that he was denounced to the US authorities by supporters of De Gaulle in Washington, as traveling with a visa issued by the Vichy regime. This episode, which deeply marked Saint-Exupéry, remains one of the most mysterious of his stay in America. The letter to Hitchcock provides the circumstances of his “forced stay” and his frustration with the authorities, both Canadian and American.
On the verso of fol. 7, Saint-Exupéry has drawn a large cross, planted in the earth with the inscription: « j’ai bien mal quand même vois-tu ! » [I am suffering nonetheless as you can see].
 
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