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Fall 2010 Lecture Luncheon - Cleopatra: A Life with Stacy Schiff


November 4, 2010

Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare put words in her mouth. Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way the supple personality of the last queen of Egypt has been lost. Stacy Schiff, author of the forthcoming Cleopatra: A Life, separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. A former Fellow at the Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize. Join us as Ms. Schiff offers her insights on this iconic figure and the art of writing biography.


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