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Cleopatra: A Life


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Stacy Schiff is the author of V ra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exup ry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in New York City.


"Stacy Schiff has managed to create a masterpiece."--Michael Korda, The Daily Beast
"[Schiff] writes against the fabulous grain...There are countless books about Cleopatra, but this one, I suspect, would have been one of her favorites."--Laura Miller,
"Captivating...Ms. Schiff strips away the accretions of myth that have built up around the Egyptian queen and plucks off the imaginative embroiderings of Shakespeare, Shaw and Elizabeth Taylor. In doing so, she gives us a cinematic portrait of a historical figure far more complex and compelling than any fictional creation, and a wide, panning, panoramic picture of her world."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"A swift, sympathetic life of one of history's most maligned and legendary women."--Kirkus
"[A] dazzling, meticulous biography."--Caryn James, More
"Schiff excavates truth from myth with vivid eloquence, taking us back to a life in a time and place that was both 'an orgy of pillage and murder' and 'the Paris of the ancient world.'"--Natasha Clark, Elle
"Hugely compelling...Schiff sifts through gauzy mythology to uncover a brilliant young woman."--Vogue
"[An] excellent, myth-busting biography....No one will think of Cleopatra in quite the same way after reading this vivid, provocative book."--Washington Examiner

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