Dimensions: 384 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in
Published: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown And Company
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0316001929
ISBN - 13: 9780316001922
About the Book
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.
From the Publisher
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the
most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the
last queen of Egypt.
Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer
still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra
was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.
Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the
contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to
a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both
were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed
with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were
family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two
men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark
Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were
married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar
and--after his murder--three more with his protégé. Already she was
the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with
Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the
age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an
alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in
our imaginations ever since.
Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in
history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words
in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a
face to her name. Along the way, Cleopatra''s supple personality
and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly
return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates
fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered
in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff ''s is
a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.
About the Author
Stacy Schiff is the authorof Véra (Mrs. Vladimir
Nabokov),winner of the Pulitzer Prize;Saint-Exupéry,
a Pulitzer Prize finalist; andA Great Improvisation: Franklin,
France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George
Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. Schiff has
received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National
Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Scholars and
Writers at the New York Public Library. The recipient of an Academy
Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters,
she lives in New York City.
"[A] magnificent re-creation of both an extraordinary woman, and her times...No previous image, visual or verbal, matches up to the inspiring, frightening, ruthless woman conjured by Schiff from an inspired combination of carefully parsed texts, new research, and pulse-quickening descriptive writing....Schiff uses a method that borrows much from the cinema. Zooming in on a dramatic event, she then pulls back to reveal the larger picture; the back story; the setting....Schiff proves brilliant at peeling away the layers of myth in which earlier storytellers shrouded the Egyptian queen."