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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.
    Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. She had children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.


    ISBN 9780316001946
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
    Format Paperback
    Pages 394
    Publisher Date 2011-09-06 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Back Bay Books
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 0.9 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Life
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Schiff, Stacy

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    • excellent biography

      This is a thorough biography of Cleopatra. The author provides a bit of humor when relaying facts about the period and details about the interesting relationships between and among families. It is not a quick read, but it is an excellent book for a book group.

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