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Stacy Schiff

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Stacy Madeleine Schiff born October 26, 1961 is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American nonfiction author and guest columnist for The New York Times


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Awards and honors
  • 3 Works
    • 31 Books
    • 32 Selected essays and articles
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Schiff, born in Adams, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover preparatory school, and earned her BA 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 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

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"

A guest columnist at The New York Times, Schiff resides in New York City She 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
  • 2016 Associates of the Boston Public Library Literary Light Award



  • Schiff, Stacy 1994 Saint-Exupéry: A Biography New York: AA Knopf ISBN 0-679-40310-8 
Nominated for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize
  • Schiff, Stacy 1999 Vera Mrs Vladimir Nabokov Pan Books Ltd ISBN 0-330-37674-8 
Winner of 2000 Pulitzer Prize
  • 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 
Review of Jon Kukla 2007-10-09 Mr Jefferson's Women Knopf ISBN 1-4000-4324-7 
  • "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 

See also

  • Essjay controversy


  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 

External links

  • Official Website
  • "An Interview with Stacy Schiff" by Suellen Stringer-Hye, published in April 1999 by Random House
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • Q&A interview with Schiff, November 6, 2011
  • Interview with Schiff on "New Books in Biography"

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