Stacy Schiff

Stacy Schiff is an American essayist and Pulitzer Prize winning author, known for her fast paced, enthralling and insightful biographies.

Schiff’s latest biography, The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams, brings to life the most essential Founding Father – the one who stood behind the change in thinking that produced the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson asserted that if there was any leader of the Revolution, “Samuel Adams was the man.” With high-minded ideals and bare-knuckle tactics, Adams led what could be called the greatest campaign of civil resistance in American history. He helped to mastermind the Boston Tea Party, and employed every tool available to rally a town, a colony, and eventually a band of colonies behind him, creating the cause that created a country. Schiff brings her masterful skills to Adams’s improbable life, illuminating his transformation from aimless son of a well-off family to tireless, beguiling radical who mobilized the colonies. Arresting, original, and deliriously dramatic, this is a long-overdue chapter in the history of our nation.

Schiff’s books are consistently New York Times bestsellers, and she has won numerous prizes for her work. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Her book, Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabakov), won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. She has also written biographies of Antoine de Saint Exupéry, the French aviator and author of The Little Prince; of American Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin; of Cleopatra; and of the key people and events of the Salem Witch Trials. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Schiff lives in New York City.

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