Revelations on the mysterious American woman who upset Saint-Exupéry

STORY – Documents on sale at the rare book fair this weekend in Paris reveal the existence of this hidden passion of the seductive writer.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the early 1940s. The author of The Little Prince landed on the evening of December 31, 1940 in New York after two days of crossing aboard the Siboney.  He spent twenty-eight months there, until 1943, the year of his death.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the early 1940s. The author of Little Prince landed on the evening of December 31, 1940 in New York after two days of crossing aboard the Siboney. He spent twenty-eight months there, until 1943, the year of his death. George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

The women he loved are numerous, from Louise de Villmorin, known as Loulou, to his wife Consuelo via Nelly de Vogüé. To say that Saint-Exupéry was a great lover is a pleonasm. We can even evoke the “unknowns”, such as this mysterious correspondent crossed in a train between Oran and Algiers whose first name is not known and with whom he exchanged letters a year before his death in July 1944. In 2008, Gallimard had published these Letters to the unknown, written by a lover more frozen than alive, annoyed to see the chosen one of his heart escape him.

Was this also the case with another woman whose surname appears today, a certain Jane Lawton? Like everything related to the dark side of Saint-Ex, it will still be necessary to investigate to confirm it. But already, an unpublished set of seven documents, including letters and signed original editions, put on sale by the Parisian bookseller Christophe Champion on the occasion of the Salon international du

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