Cleopatra: A Life

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Virgin, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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Cleopatra's palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.

Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order, a generation before the birth of Christ. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff's is a luminous reconstruction of a dazzling life.

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User Review  - Meggo - LibraryThing

A perfectly serviceable biography hampered only by the fact that we know very little directly about Cleopatra. As a result this book, although exhaustively researched, feels a bit like historical fiction at times, although I suspect that this is inevitable given the subject. Read full review

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User Review  - SRWelch00 - LibraryThing

Highly recommended ... a thoroughly captivating portrayal, so much so that I'm convinced now I'd gladly trade all the celebrities and political figures of the 20th century, the whole lot of them, for one evening of dinner with this woman ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Stacey Schiff is a Pulitzer Prize winning biographer. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and The Times Literary Supplement and she has also received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2000 Schiff won the Pulitzer Prize for her biography of Vera Nabokov. She was also a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Saint-Exup ry: A Biography about Antoine de Saint Exup ry. In 2006 she received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in New York City and Edmonton, Alberta.

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