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									Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
Master biographer Stacy Schiff has illuminated the lives of from French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to Benjamin Franklin. In our interview, Schiff recalls, "When finally I mustered the courage to tell a novelist friend that I was talking to editors about a biography, her reply was, 'Oh that’s okay. That’s not a real book.'"

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Stacy Schiff
Current Home:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 26, 1961
Place of Birth:
Adams, Massachusetts
B.A., Williams College, l982
Guggenheim Fellowship, l996; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, l998, Pulitzer Prize in Biography, 2000; Director’s Fellow, New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, 2002; Bicentennial Medal, Williams College, 2003

Schiff's Acclaimed Bio

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								A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, Author: 
								Stacy Schiff.

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A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America
by Stacy Schiff
In December 1776, a small boat delivered an old man to France. So begins Schiff's dazzling narrative account of Benjamin Franklin's French mission, the most exacting and momentous eight years of his life, in which "The First American" pulled off the diplomatic coup that helped tilt the balance of power in the struggle with England.

Author to Author

"My first reader is the brilliant comic novelist Elinor Lipman, as fine an editor as she is a writer, which is saying a great deal," Schiff reveals in our interview when we asked her to tell us about her writing process.

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The Pulitzer Winner

The Pulitzer Contender

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								Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), Author: 
								Stacy Schiff.

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Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)
by Stacy Schiff
Schiff won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2000 for this insightful portrait of Vladimir Nabokov's wife, Vera. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called it "Evocative... an elegantly nuanced portrait showing us just how pivotal Nabokov's marriage was to his hermetic existence and how it indelibly shaped his work."

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								Saint-Exupery, Author: 
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by Stacy Schiff
Schiff also won acclaim (and a Pulitzer nomination) for this 1994 biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The daring French aviator became one of the century’s most beloved authors after writing the classic tale The Little Prince, still the most translated book in the French language.