January 8, 2007
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry
Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard's new translation of the beloved classic-published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry's birth-beautifully reflects Saint-ExupĂ©ry's unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most important, spirit. The artwork in this new edition has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-ExupĂ©ry's original artwork. By combining the new translation with restored original art, Harcourt is proud to introduce the definitive English-language edition of an aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little man from a small planet who describes his adventures in the universe seeking the secret of what is really important in life.
I read the little prince in the summer of 1970 when I was a junior in a speech-language pathology program at California State University, Fullerton. It was prior to my first clinical practicum as a senior at the CSUF Speech and Hearing Clinic. I made a name tag for each of my clients that had a little volcano on it and a little flower. From that point on I have never forgotten that those I deal with and influence will only be on my planet for a little while. Now 37 years later, I can say that each person I work with, I try to maximize my respect for them, my work with them. Out of the influence of that book came a poem that I wrote (it was 12 years after my first reading). Here is the poem, first time ever published on the internet.
I know I'm close to the edge
But still I shall not hedge
For to lose from fear
Is worth a sad tear,
I'd rather win walking the legdge
And now for a small P.S.
Of you I ask God to bless
For of all on this earth
You are certianly worth
All happiness and no less.
I claim influence from the Little Prince for my life stance and the poem - - can you see it?
Paul Deputy, Dean CEHSP
Posted by: Paul Deputy at March 4, 2007 1:12 PM
It's the most beautifull book I Have read.
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