Stacy Schiff

American female Author, Pulitzer Prize winner

Stacy Madeleine Schiff (born October 26, 1961)[1] is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American nonfiction author and guest columnist for The New York Times.[2]

Stacy Madeleine Schiff
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Born (1961-10-26) October 26, 1961 (age 60)


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]


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]



  • 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 (2005). Dr Franklin Goes to France. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. ISBN 0-7475-6923-1.)
  • Schiff, Stacy (2009). Cleopatra. (In preparation)

Selected essays and articlesEdit

(Review of Jon Kukla (2007-10-09). Mr. Jefferson's Women. Knopf. ISBN 978-1400043248.)


Other websitesEdit