Stacy Schiff

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Stacy Schiff
Photographic portrait
Schiff in 2011
Born Stacy Madeleine Schiff
(1961-10-26) October 26, 1961 (age 55)
Adams, Massachusetts
Occupation Writer and editor
Nationality American
Education Phillips Academy (Andover)
Alma mater Williams College
Genre non-fiction
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize

Stacy Madeleine Schiff (born October 26, 1961)[1] is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American nonfiction author and guest columnist for The New York Times.[2]

Biography[edit]

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 and The Times Literary Supplement.[3] She is a contributor to The New York Times Book Review.

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.[1]

Schiff’s A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005) won the George Washington Book Prize.[4] 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."

A guest columnist at The New York Times, Schiff resides in New York City.[5] She is a trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Awards and honors[edit]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Schiff, Stacy (1994). Saint-Exupéry: A Biography. New York: A.A. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-40310-8. 
(Nominated for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize)[7]
  • Schiff, Stacy (1999). Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). Pan Books Ltd. ISBN 0-330-37674-8. 
(Winner of 2000 Pulitzer Prize)[8]
  • 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[edit]

(Review of Jon Kukla (2007-10-09). Mr. Jefferson's Women. Knopf. ISBN 1-4000-4324-7. )

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Barnes&Noble Meet the Writers: Stacy Schiff". Archived from the original on February 2, 2007. 
  2. ^ "News about Stacy Schiff, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Suellen Stringer-Hye (1999). "An interview with Stacy Schiff". The Pennsylvania State University. 
  4. ^ Thomspon, Bob (May 24, 2006). "Schiff Wins Washington Book Prize For Work On Franklin". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Kate Taylor (2010-12-10). "Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: skilled political operator, not sex goddess". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  6. ^ a b "ALOUD: Lectures, Readings, Performances, & Discussions (Los Angeles Central Library)". 
  7. ^ "1995 Finalists". The Pulitzer Prizes – Columbia University. 
  8. ^ "2000 Winners". The Pulitzer Prizes – Columbia University. 

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