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    DescriptionThe 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 protege. 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.


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    Title
    Cleopatra
    Subtitle
    A Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stacy Schiff
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 640
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 52 mm
    Weight: 907 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780316120449
    ISBN 10: 0316120448
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, JFSJ1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE, CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Approval Code: A40303000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Merchandise Category: LP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    BISAC V2.8: BIO014000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202020
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 55
    DC22: 932/.021092
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030, BIO006000
    LC classification: DT92.7 .S35 2010B
    Thema V1.0: DNB, JBSF1, DNBH, NHC, NHG
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C-AA-E
    Edition
    Large type / large print
    Edition statement
    Large Print
    Illustrations note
    , black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    Little, Brown and Company
    Publication date
    01 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Stacy Schiff is the author of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupery, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. 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. Schiff has contributed to The New Yorker and The New York Times, where she has been an op-ed columnist. She lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    ACCLAIM FOR STACY SCHIFF: SAINT-EXUPERY (1994): "Superb, spirited, enthralling. For anyone who enjoys a fascinating life-story well told, this is a book not to be missed." VERA (1999): "Schiff's sentences are magnificent, deceptively complex, full of insight and fact and distance and wry humor, so that every page is a kind of mini feast." A GREAT IMPROVISATION (2005): "This is a book to savor. Schiff has given a genuine jolt to the recent surge of interest in Franklin, along the way demonstrating why she is generally regarded as one of the most gifted storytellers writing today." "What a brilliant book. Stacy Schiff has written a masterpiece."