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Cleopatra (Schiff) - Author Bio

Author Bio
Birth—October 26, 1961
 Where—Adams, Massachusetts, USA 
Education—B.A., Williams College
 Awards—Pulitzer Prize in Biography; Academy Award,
   American Academy of Arts & Letters; 3 fellowships: Guggen-
   heim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities,
   NY Public Library Center for Scholars & Writers
 Currently—lives in New York City, New York


Stacy Madeleine Schiff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American nonfiction author and guest columnist for the New York Times.

Schiff is a graduate of Phillips Academy 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, New York Times Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement.

Schiff has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Schiff won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for her biography of Vera Nabokov, wife of Vladimir Nabokov and muse of Lolita. She was also a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Saint-Exupery: A Biography about Antoine de Saint Exupery.

Schiff's A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America won the 2006 Arwen Taylor Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Institut Francais’s Gilbert Chinard Prize.

Schiff was a Director’s Fellow at the 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. (From Wikipedia.)




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