Cleopatra: A Life (Hardcover)

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    The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political...

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    Stacy Schiff is the author of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupery, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in New York City.
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.

    Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and--after his murder--three more with his protege. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.

    Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way, Cleopatra's supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff 's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.

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    ISBN 9780316001922
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 368
    Publisher Date 2010-11-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Little Brown & Co
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 9.5 in
    Wdth 6.25 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 1.45 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Life
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Schiff, Stacy

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    • Laura

      Beautiful book......an excellent and interesting read!

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    • Interesting, but not an easy read.

      I was dissappointed to read that there are so little actual records of Cleopatras moves through history. Not the author fault. Lots of information is presented; some through supposition. Reads somewhat like a text book. I got a vocabulary lesson while reading this book.

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    • An excellent read.

      This book does a great job of painting a complete, multifaceted portrait of a misunderstood historical figure. I highly recommend it.

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    • Laborious

      I found it to be a bit stuffy. I do read for pleasure and was expecting more of a chronological order of events in a story-type fashion. Even if you were to read it as a historical text, it would be perplexing.

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