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Cleopatra: A Life

In conversation with Robin Swicord
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Episode Summary
A Pulitzer-Prize willing biographer boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the queen from her own hazy legend, subtly and originally probing classical sources to yield a fresh, thrilling account of a remarkable woman.

Participant(s) Bio
Stacy Schiff is the author of Saint Exupery, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), for which she received a Pulitzer in 2000; and most recently, A Great Improvisation, winner of the George Washington Book Prize. A Guggenheim Fellow, Schiff has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a contributor to The New Yorker, New York Times, and other publications.

Robin Swicord is known for her work as a screenwriter for "Memoirs Of A Geisha", "Little Women" (co-producer), "Matilda" (co-written and co-produced with Nicholas Kazan) and "Shag" (shared). In 2009 she received an Oscar nomination for her contribution to "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." She recently presented a talk at USC's Institute for the Humanities on "Reviving Cleopatra", in which she contrasted the historical Cleopatra with portrayals handed down over the next 2,000 years through images, plays and other entertainments.