Morgan Opens “Little Prince” Exhibition

I don’t think I’ll be able to avoid the exhibition that opens today at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, “The Little Prince: A New York Story.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 mega-seller classic has inspired cultic devotion. It has been translated from the original French into some 250 languages and dialects and has been selling over 1.8 million copies a year; it has inspired films, sequels, a Japanese museum, and works of opera and ballet. The Morgan exhibition apparently even shows us a screenplay that Orson Welles wanted to use to film the book in 1943 with special effects by Walt Disney — until it became clear how impossible such a collaboration would be. Welles claimed that Disney stormed out snapping, “There is not room on this lot for two geniuses.”

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