Biographer Stacy Schiff compares autobiography to a striptease, and she loves the word "espresso." Find out about her favorite books, authors, and why she's attracted to writing biographies.
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff joins us to talk about Cleopatra: A Life. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra is remembered in history for all the wrong reasons. Relying on classical sources, Schiff separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death brought forth a new world order. She recreates the world that Cleopatra lived in, rich in political and sexual intrigue, and draws a vivid portrait of her as a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She had children with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day—and she and Antony attempted to forge a new empire, an alliance that spelled both their ends.
Stacy Schiff's favorite comfort food is risotto. Find out what else she revealed to us after her recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff discusses one of the most intriguing women in world history: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Cleopatra: A Life is an original reconstruction of a dazzling life that reshaped the ancient world. It talks about her marriages, conflicts, and her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
Cleopatra was ancient Egypt’s final, and arguably most famous, Pharaoh. But aside from epic romances with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, we know very little about her. For example, what did she actually look like? Was her leadership role unique among women of the time? And how did she earn the reputation as a scheming temptress?
Benjamin Franklin is widely remembered for his discovery of electricity. But according to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff, his greatest achievement may have been his diplomatic skills in the years immediately after the Declaration of Independence was issued. Franklin persuaded the French government to provide the equivalent of $13 billion ...