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Stacy Schiff

Autor(a) de Cleopatra: A Life

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Stacy Schiff was born on October 26, 1961 in Adams, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1982. She was a Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster until 1990. She is the author of several nonfiction books including Saint-Exupéry: A Biography about Antoine de Saint Exupéry, mostrar mais Cleopatra: A Life, and The Witches: Salem 1692. She won the Pulitzer Prize for biography for Véra: Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov in 2000. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Outros nomes
De La Bruyère, Stacy
Data de nascimento
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
Adams, Massachusetts, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Williams College (BA|1982)
Phillips Andover Academy
non-fiction writer
Simon & Schuster
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (Literature, 2006)
Eric Simonoff (William Morris Endeavor)
Pequena biografia
Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation: 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 Français d'Amérique. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a Director’s Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She was awarded a 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Schiff has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. She lives in New York City. Her newest book is entitled "Cleopatra: A Life" (Little, Brown & Co., 2010).

Official website: www.stacyschiff.com



Cleopatra; A Life by Stacy Schiff em Ancient History (Agosto 2013)


This is a biography of one of our nation's most significant founders that takes into account the man and his times. The author emphasizes the remarkable accomplishments and unlikely life of one of our nation's founders.
jwhenderson | outras 9 resenhas | May 2, 2024 |
In 1692 when superstition was backed by religion, and made the rule of law, a logical defense didn't exist. Thankfully, for the most part, our judicial system has evolved since 1692.
TraSea | outras 68 resenhas | Apr 29, 2024 |
(3) This is a readable history of the Salem Witch trials of 1692. The author records from primary sources and contemporaneous accounts as well as puts it into historical perspective and reviews current events at the time which may have played a role such as barbaric encroachments by Native Americans onto 'the colonists' land in Maine and rebellion against the governor of the colony put in place by England (almost 100 year before the actual revolution) Most fascinating is her dissection of the afflicted teenage girls motivations which doesn't come until the end. With the advantages of time and science, it is so clear to see they were making shit up with likely collusion of their parents to settle old scores. It is amazing to me that even the most educated minds of the time could beielve in witchcraft and possession. But.. I guess some of that magical thinking still does persist today. The whole idea of powerful men taking teenaged girls so seriously would be funny if it hadn't resulted in innocents being hung and crushed with rocks...

So the subject matter is fascinating, especially as I am from Massachussetts and have been to all those towns. The book makes me want to go back and read more about the Puritans or perhaps re-read 'The Scarlett Letter' or 'The Crucible' this year. All that positive being said, it was a bit of a slog to read. Even with the cast of characters at the front, I kept forgetting who everybody was and the litany of crazy 'crimes' and outlandish testimony of flying on broomsticks, and Satan's little block party, etc. started to get old and repetitive. Continued exerts of famous ministers writings about things such as Cotton Mather were quite boring. So the book would often put me to sleep at night with only a few pages having been read. It was quite dense at times.

All and all, I am glad I read it - an easily readable history and I may add her Pulitzer Prize history of Cleopatra to my reading list. Seems to me it is time for a contemporary documentary style movie re-enactment of this story. Creepy how it was eventually brushed under the rug as an embarrassment and a mistake. But of course, the prosecutorss and justices never received any comeuppance or retribution for their fatal errors.
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jhowell | outras 68 resenhas | Jan 20, 2024 |
Stacy Schiff's book, The Witches:Salem, 1692, is a complete accounting of the hysteria that enveloped not just Salem but much of New England at the time. Having a personal interest (don't we all?) I was excited that such a distinguished author had taken up the subject. If you are new to the Salem with phenomenon, this is the book for you, and it will certainly become the go-to one to read. However, Schiff is hampered by the fact that the most of the records that you would expect from the time were either destroyed or conveniently lost. She reconstructs an amazing amount of detail regardless; but, at times the detail can get both boring and a bit turgid. For some reason she and her editors eschewed maps and lists of people involved that might have helped in the navigation. Her commentaries are spot on, but lack punch. And while she nods in the final chapter to more current hysterias, she does not really explore the subject. A useful read--just not as good as I had hoped.… (mais)
b00kdarling87 | outras 68 resenhas | Jan 7, 2024 |



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