Pulitzer Prize-Winner Stacy Schiff’s CLEOPATRA in B-Format

January 5, 2011

in Add-On Titles,Breaking News,International Editions,Sell Sheets

Cleopatra Stacy Schiff

****Previously announced as a mass market edition
Now an international B-format paperback****

Cleopatra: A Life
by Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Stacy Schiff
INT’L B, $12.99,  9780316186384
June 1, 2011
Biography/History
Back Bay Books
Open Market

A New York Times bestseller, now in an international B-format paperback edition.

Her palace shimmered with gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Cleopatra, the wealthiest ruler of her time and one of the most powerful women in history, was a canny political strategist, a brilliant manager, a tough negotiator, and the most manipulative of lovers. Although her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation, winner of the George Washington Book Prize. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and a fellow at the center for Scholars & Writers, and received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

For more Press and Review Acclaim, read on…

Cleopatra fascinated the world right up to her death. In the 2000 years since, myths about the last Queen of Egypt have been fueled by Shakespeare, Dryden, and Shaw, who put words in her mouth, and by Michelangelo, Delacroix, and Elizabeth Taylor, who put a face to her name. In CLEOPATRA, Pulitzer prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff accomplishes a feat that has eluded artists and writers for centuries: capturing fully the operatic life of an exceptionally seductive and powerful woman, whose death ushered in a new world order.

Press & Praise for CLEOPATRA:

Time Magazine pick for one of the best non-fiction titles of the year 12/9
Bloomberg
pick for one of the best non-fiction titles of the year 12/9
New York Times op-ed “Cleopatra’s Guide to Good Governance” 12/5
Wall Street Journal’s “Five Best” column 12/4
The Daily Show clip 12/2
New York Times Book Review Top 10 Books of 2010 12/12;
NPR Best Books for Winter 11/30;

“A cinematic portrait of a historical figure far more complex and compelling than any fictional creation, and a wide, panning panoramic picture of her world.”—The New York Times

“Ms. Schiff manages to tell Cleopatra’s story with a balance of the tragic and the hilarious…[and] does a rare thing: She gives us a book we’d miss if it didn’t exist.”—Wall Street Journal

“Sizzles with passion [and] intrigue”—USA Today

“A great, glorious spree of a story.”—Washington Post

“Merely contemplating a biography of Cleopatra required audacity, and Schiff more than succeeds at reframing her misunderstood queen in a way that is both scholarly and entertaining—Boston Globe


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