NEW YORK (AP) — French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery (du sahnt ehg-zoo-PEHR'-ee) crafted his beloved children's tale "The Little Prince" in New York City. He mentioned Rockefeller Center and Long Island in one draft, but ultimately deleted those references.
The page is contained in his original handwritten manuscript, which is the subject of an exhibition at the city's Morgan Library and Museum.
"The Little Prince: A New York Story" opens Jan. 24 on the anniversary of the book's 1943 publication. Saint-Exupery spent two years in New York after France fell to Germany in 1940.
The exhibition features 35 original watercolors and 25 pages from Saint-Exupery's 140-page original text.
It documents Saint-Exupery's creative process. It includes discarded episodes and pages containing crossed out sentences and unpublished drawings.