Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Stacy Schiff is an award-winning biographer and the author of Saturday Samplers next book, Cleopatra: a Life. Her biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupery published in 1994 became a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Schiff's biography of Vera Nabokov won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. A biography of Benjamin Franklin preceded her latest publication, Cleopatra. (Link here for a list of her books and essays.) Born in 1961, Schiff attended Williams College and worked for Simon and Schuster as a writer and editor until 1990, at which point she appears to have settled into the steady work of an acclaimed biographer. The video interview below from Borders touches on her writing plans for the future, but is primarily directed to questions about Cleopatra - the person and the book.