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Stacy Madeleine Schiff (born October 26, 1961) is an American nonfiction author. She was formerly a guest columnist for The New York Times. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Brad Gooch has called her "perhaps the most seductive writer of nonfiction prose in America in our time."
Schiff in 2016
|Born||Stacy Madeleine Schiff|
October 26, 1961
|Occupation||Writer and editor|
|Education||Phillips Academy (Andover)|
|Alma mater||Williams College|
|Notable awards||Pulitzer Prize|
Schiff, born in Adams, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover) 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, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement.
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 universal 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 wrote, "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 "brilliant from start to finish." It was also a #1 bestseller. In 2018 the French Ministry of Culture named Schiff a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. In 2019 Schiff was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A former guest columnist at The New York Times, Schiff resides in New York City and is a trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Awards and honorsEdit
- National Endowment for the Humanities, fellowship
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, fellowship
- 2000 Pulitzer Prize, Vera
- 2015 Lapham's Quarterly Janus Prize
- 2017 New England Historic Genealogical Society Lifetime Achievement Award in History and Biography
- 2019 Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 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. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 9780316200615.
- "Barnes&Noble Meet the Writers: Stacy Schiff". Archived from the original on February 2, 2007.
- "News about Stacy Schiff, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times". The New York Times.
- "Brad Gooch". Wall Street Journal. 2017-01-13. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- Suellen Stringer-Hye (1999). "An interview with Stacy Schiff". The Pennsylvania State University.
- "Book reviews by Stacy Schiff in the New York Review of Books". The New York Review of Books., The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post, among many other publications.
- Thomspon, Bob (May 24, 2006). "Schiff Wins Washington Book Prize For Work On Franklin". The Washington Post.
- Ruden, Sarah (November 2010). "Book Review: Cleopatra - WSJ". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff - Little, Brown and Company"
- Alter, Alexandra (2015-10-25). "Stacy Schiff's 'The Witches' Shines a Torch on Salem Trials". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
- etherweave.com, Michael Borum //. "Stacy Schiff, author | Official website | THE WITCHES - now available | The Witches: Salem, 1692". www.stacyschiff.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
- "2019 Newly Elected Members - American Academy of Arts and Letters". 2019-02-26. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
- Kate Taylor (2010-12-10). "Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra: skilled political operator, not sex goddess". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "ALOUD: Lectures, Readings, Performances, & Discussions". Los Angeles Central Library. Archived from the original on December 27, 2005.
- "Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), by Stacy Schiff (Random House)". The Pulitzer Prizes — Columbia University. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
- "The Decades Ball - June 1, 2015". Lapham’s Quarterly. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
- "2017 Annual Dinner". www.americanancestors.org. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
- "2019 Newly Elected Members – American Academy of Arts and Letters". artsandletters.org. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
- "1995 Finalists". The Pulitzer Prizes – Columbia University.
- "2000 Winners". The Pulitzer Prizes – Columbia University.