Stacy Schiff

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Stacy Madeleine Schiff
Born October 26, 1960 (1960-10-26) (age 53)
Adams, Massachusetts
Occupation Author

Stacy Madeleine Schiff (born October 26, 1960)[1] is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American nonfiction author and guest columnist for The New York Times.[2]

Biography[change | change source]

Schiff is a graduate of Phillips Academy. She earned her degree from Williams College in 1982. She was a Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster until 1990. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and The Times Literary Supplement.[3]

Schiff has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.[4]

Schiff won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for her biography of Vera Nabokov, wife and muse of Lolita and Pale Fire author Vladimir Nabokov. She was also a in the final running for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Saint-Exupéry: A Biography about Antoine de Saint Exupéry.[1]

Schiff's A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America won the 2006 George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Institut Français’s Gilbert Chinard Prize.

Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Humanities, and was a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She was awarded a 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Currently a guest writer at The New York Times, Schiff resides in New York City and Edmonton, Alberta.[5]

Articles[change | change source]

Schiff wrote a New Yorker profile of Wikipedia ("Know It All" column, July 31, 2006),[6] the correction of which in February 2007 sparked the Essjay controversy.[7]

Bibliography[change | change source]

Books[change | change source]

  • Schiff, Stacy (1994). Saint-Exupéry: A Biography. New York: A.A. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-40310-8.
(Nominated for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize)[8]
  • Schiff, Stacy (1999). Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). Pan Books Ltd. ISBN 0-330-37674-8.
(Winner of 2000 Pulitzer Prize)[9]
  • Schiff, Stacy (2005). A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. New York: Henry Holt. ISBN 0-8050-6633-0.
(Winner of the George Washington Book Prize in 2006)[10]
(Published in the UK as Schiff, Stacy. Dr Franklin Goes to France. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. ISBN 0-7475-6923-1.)
  • Schiff, Stacy (2009). Cleopatra. (In preparation)

Selected essays and articles[change | change source]

(Review of Jon Kukla (2007-10-09). Mr. Jefferson's Women. Knopf. ISBN 1400043247.)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Barnes&Noble Meet the Writers: Stacy Schiff". http://www.barnesandnoble.com/writers/writer.asp?z=y&cid=1422790.
  2. News about Stacy Schiff, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times, New York Times, http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/s/stacy_schiff/index.html?scp=1-spot&sq=stacy%20schiff
  3. Suellen Stringer-Hye (1999), An interview with Stacy Schiff, The Pennsylvania State University, http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/sschiff1.htm
  4. "ALOUD: Lectures, Readings, Performances, & Discussions (Los Angeles Central Library)". http://www.lapl.org/events/aloud/mar-apr_05/s-schiff.html.
  5. Joyce Wadler (2000), PUBLIC LIVES; A Biographer Peers, Briefly, at Her Own Life, New York Times, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B00E1D91F38F932A25756C0A9669C8B63
  6. Schiff, Stacy (July 24 2006). "Can Wikipedia conquer expertise?". Know It All. The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060731fa_fact. Retrieved 2007-03-06.
  7. Andrew Wolfson (March 6 2007). "Wikipedia editor who posed as professor is Ky. dropout: Man resigns post after controversy". Louisville Courier-Journal. http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070306/NEWS01/703060446/1008. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
  8. 1995 Finalists, The Pulitzer Prizes -- Columbia University, http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/1995
  9. 2000 Winners, The Pulitzer Prizes -- Columbia University, http://www.pulitzer.org/awards/2000
  10. Ben Franklin's French Adventure: George Washington Book Prize Celebration Honors Author Stacy Schiff, Washington College, 2006, http://news.washcoll.edu/press_releases/2006/08/04_stacyschiff.php

Other websites[change | change source]