The author provides a bit of humor when relaying facts about the period and details about the interesting relationships between and among families. Schiff has received fellowships from the guggenheim foundation, the national endowment for the. The pulitzer prizewinning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world. While still for the most part an interpretation, her book draws a portrait of cleopatra that youve never seen before. A life is speculative, borderline revisionist history. Above all else, cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Ideally, as stacy schiff observes in her magnificent recreation of both an extraordinary woman, and her times, our sense of cleopatra would be. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 302 pages and is available in hardcover format. In her biography of cleopatra, schiff takes the reader along a winding adventure into the world before the common era, where actions to unite came at the cost of land and life, both bloody endeavours. Schiff has also written biographies of french aviator and author of the little prince. Written by stacy schiff, audiobook narrated by robin miles. Also this book is difficult to get intoat least at.
A life i found this book to be good but not exceptional. Schiff, born in adams, massachusetts, is a graduate of phillips academy andover preparatory school, and earned her b. A life by schiff, stacy and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. That schiff s book is the basis of a new paul greengrass film. Vladimir nabokov, which won the 2000 pulitzer prize for biography. Stacy schiff is the author of a great improvisation and vera mrs.
Stacy schiff, author official website now available cleopatra. One of the new york times 10 best books of 2010 her palace shimmered with onyx and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Interview with stacy schiff, author of cleopatra sfgate. Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue.
There has already been one scholarly biography this year by duane roller, now here is stacy schiff, the author of a terrific pulitzerprize. A life, by stacy schiff, captures the queen the new. Schiff s primary point is that if the name is indelible, the image is blurry. Forget what youve heard about her being a seductress ruled by her own desires. Cleopatra had a child with caesar and after his murder three more with his. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. My favorite is i cleopatra which was published in the seventies and i really look to that book as being the gold standard of all things cleopatra. With wit, clarity, and grace, schiff has done what only the best writers can do. The author paints a vivid portrait of the end of the hellenistic period. Stacy schiff mines ancient sources to find the real cleopatra.
Cleopatra s origin, her education, financial situation as well as the people she met. After a dense first few chapters, cleopatra becomes an absorbing look at a woman remembered more often for the things that she wasnt than for the things that she was. Cleopatra was queen of a large, rich, highly sophisticated country for more than 20 years, yet almost everything we know about her comes from a legend created by her most deadly enemy, the roman emperor augustus. A life by stacy schiff from the mysterious and teasing cover image to the elegant and informative writing between the covers, cleopatra is one more example of why stacy schiff is a pulitzer prize winner. Stacy schiff s book helps to see this woman in a completely different light. According to author stacy schiff, thats like reading a history of twentiethcentury america written by chairman mao. In a masterly return to the classical sources, stacy schiff here boldly.
Few writers combine as she does superb scholarship and an exceptional gift for language with amazing reach and agility of mind. Now in paperback history in the hands of stacy schiff is invariably full of life, light, shadow, surprise, clarity of insight, and so it is again and then some in her latest work, the witches. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the. A life by stacy schiff and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. So far, i am very disappointed in this bookby a pulitzer prize winning author. Now, the massachusetts native is out with a history of a subject closer to home. The first edition of the novel was published in september 5th 2006, and was written by stacy schiff. October 26, 2015 pulitizer prizewinning author stacy schiff s last book was a bestseller about cleopatra. The cleopatra of pop culture is very different from the cleopatra of history, who we dont actually know that much about. Schiff reminds us that cleopatra and her family were not related to the egyptian pharaohs but descended from ptolemy, a macedonian general with alexander the great. Schiff has received fellowships from the guggenheim foundation, the national endowment for the humanities. The wall street journals critic wrote, stacy schiff does a rare thing. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read cleopatra.
Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read the witches. While still for the most part an interpretation, her book draws a portrait of. These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points, if you have not read the book. Stacy schiff does a good job explaining possible motives and actions that occurred by drawing from what we know and what people like plutarch knew. Cleopatra schiff litlovers book club recommendations. For to understand cleopatra s life you need to understand the places she went, the people she knew, and the times she inhabited. Stacy schiff penetrates an ancient thicket of personalities and. The author provides a bit of humor when relaying facts about the period. The story we know comes mainly from the early first century roman writers plutarch and dio. Cleopatra is buried under centuries of lies, and stacy schiff calls on her considerable powers to bring her back to life for us.
Stacy madeleine schiff born october 26, 1961 is an american nonfiction author residing in new york. Buy cleopatra book online at best prices in india on. Rick riordan declared cleopatra impossible to put down. Vladimir nabokov, she immersed herself in early american history. Digital rights management drm the publisher has supplied this book in encrypted form, which means that you need to install free software in order to unlock and read it. Cleopatra by stacy schiff little, brown and company. It provided me with better information than that from wikipedia.
Part of that is that i have read so many books on cleopatra. Stacy schiff her palace shimmered with onyx, garnet, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. In short, our image of cleopatra is the joint creation of roman propagandists and hollywood directors. A life by pulitzeraward winning author stacy schiff. Stacy schiff books list of books by author stacy schiff. Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. She has received fellowships from the guggenheim foundation and the national endowment for the humanities, and was a directors fellow at the center for scholars and writers at the new york public library.
Born into the ptolemaic dynasty that ruled egypt, cleopatra was of macedonia greek origin at a time of much political and geographic change. This book is no mere biography of cleopatra s life. Stacy schiff is an american pulitzer prize winning author and historian, as well as a guest columnist for the new york times. Buy cleopatra 1st virgin edition by stacy schiff isbn.
Franklin, france, and the birth of america, winner of the george washington book prize and the ambassador book award. Cleopatra s palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Stacy madeleine schiff is an american former editor, essayist, and author of five biographies. Famous long before she was notorious, cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Cleopatra by stacy schiff, read by robin miles audiobook excerpt. The cleopatra most of us know is a fictional creation. Stacy schiff brings to life one of the most intriguing women in the history of the world.
Stacy schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death. Cleopatra was an highly intelligent, resourceful woman who received the finest education available in her day. A life by stacy schiff biography books the guardian. Michelangelo, tiepolo, and elizabeth taylor put a face to her name. Cleopatra by schiff stacy, signed abebooks passion for books. I picked up this book because it was getting a lot of buzz on various history and reading sites for being a lucid, easytoread, modern biography of cleopatra.
One of the new york times 10 best books of 2010 her palace shimmered. The pulitzer prizewinning author stacy schiff attempts to paint a more complete picture in her new book, cleopatra. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Along the way, cleopatra s supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. Franklin, france, and the birth of america, winner of the george washington book prize, the ambassador award in american studies, and the gilbert chinard prize of the institut francais damerique. Cleopatra book tulsa citycounty library bibliocommons. In a masterly return to the classical sources, stacy schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Stacy schiff knows a bit about traveling back in time to bring people to life. Stacy schiff s cleopatra proves that she was a steely master of realpolitik at home, in war, and grand strategy, says.373 304 560 244 793 1566 1599 394 445 1080 736 1617 500 253 1058 1201 913 650 1423 847 178 28 529 277 1508 1309 1552 385 530 878 540 253 1009 1095 79 613 152 788 1481 1027 767 1063 1147