Schiff in 2016
|Born||Stacy Madeleine Schiff
October 26, 1961
|Occupation||Writer and editor|
|Education||Phillips Academy (Andover)|
|Alma mater||Williams College|
|Notable awards||Pulitzer Prize|
Schiff, born in Adams, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover) preparatory school, and earned her B.A. degree from Williams College in 1982. She was a senior editor at Simon & Schuster until 1990. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement.
Schiff won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Vera, a biography of Vera Nabokov, wife and muse of Vladimir Nabokov. She was also a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Saint-Exupéry: A Biography of Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
Schiff’s A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005) won the George Washington Book Prize. Her fourth book, Cleopatra: A Life, was published to great acclaim in 2010. As the Wall Street Journal's reviewer put it, "Schiff does a rare thing: She gives us a book we'd miss if it didn't exist." The New Yorker termed the book "a work of literature;" Simon Winchester predicted "it will become a classic." Ron Chernow may explain why: "Even if forced to at gunpoint, Stacy Schiff would be incapable of writing a dull page or a lame sentence." Cleopatra appeared on most year-end best books lists, including the New York Times's Top Ten Books of 2010, and won the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography. A #1 bestseller, it was translated into 30 languages.
Little, Brown published The Witches: Salem, 1692 in 2015. The New York Times hailed it as "an almost novelistic, thriller-like narrative." David McCullough declared the book—also a #1 bestseller--"brilliant from start to finish." Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Brad Gooch has called her "perhaps the most seductive writer of nonfiction prose in America in our time." A former guest columnist at The New York Times, Schiff resides in New York City and is a trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Awards and honors
- National Endowment for the Humanities, fellowship
- Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers, New York Public Library, Director's Fellow,
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, fellowship
- 1995 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Saint-Exupéry: A Biography
- 2000 Pulitzer Prize, Vera
- 2006 Academy Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 2006 Gilbert Chinard Prize, A Great Improvisation
- 2006 George Washington Book Prize, A Great Improvisation
- 2006 Ambassador Book Award (American Studies), A Great Improvisation
- 2010 EMMA Award for journalistic excellence, "Who's Buried in Cleopatra's Tomb?"
- 2011 Library Lion by the New York Public Library
- 2011 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography, Cleopatra
- 2012 Phillips Academy Alumni Award of Distinction
- 2012 The French-American Foundation Vergennes Achievement Award
- 2013 Honorary Doctor of Letters from Williams College
- 2014 BIO Award, Biographers International Organization
- 2015 Newberry Library Award
- 2015 Lapham's Quarterly Janus Prize
- 2016 Associates of the Boston Public Library Literary Light Award
- Schiff, Stacy (2005). A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. New York: Henry Holt. ISBN 0-8050-6633-0. (Published in the UK as Dr Franklin Goes to France
- Schiff, Stacy (2010). Cleopatra: A Life. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0-316-00192-9.
- Schiff, Stacy (2015), The Witches: Salem, 1692 (2015). New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 9780316200615.
Selected essays and articles
- "The Witches of Salem". New Yorker. August 31, 2015.
- "Desperately Seeking Susan". New York Times. October 13, 2006.
- Schiff, Stacy (2007-10-14). "Founding Chauvinist Pig?". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
- "Cleopatra's Guide to Good Governance." New York Times, December 4, 2010
- "Eternal Flame – 'Country Girl: A Memoir,' by Edna O'Brien". New York Times. May 10, 2013.
- "The Interactive Truth". New York Times. June 15, 2005.
- "Camp Stories (review of Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank)". New York Times Sunday Book Review. February 16, 2012.
- "Barnes&Noble Meet the Writers: Stacy Schiff". Archived from the original on February 2, 2007.
- "News about Stacy Schiff, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times". The New York Times.
- Suellen Stringer-Hye (1999). "An interview with Stacy Schiff". The Pennsylvania State University.
- "Book reviews by Stacy Schiff in the New York Review of Books". The New York Review of Books.
- Thomspon, Bob (May 24, 2006). "Schiff Wins Washington Book Prize For Work On Franklin". The Washington Post.
- "Brad Gooch". Wall Street Journal. 2017-01-13. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- Kate Taylor (2010-12-10). "Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: skilled political operator, not sex goddess". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "ALOUD: Lectures, Readings, Performances, & Discussions (Los Angeles Central Library)".
- "1995 Finalists". The Pulitzer Prizes – Columbia University.
- "2000 Winners". The Pulitzer Prizes – Columbia University.