Biographer Stacy Schiff won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). She is the author as well of Saint-Exupéry, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, awarded the George Washington Book Prize. Her most recent book, Cleopatra: A Life, was published to ecstatic reviews in 2010. Praised for her meticulous scholarship and her witty style, Schiff has contributed frequently to The New York Times op-ed page and Book Review. A fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, she was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a 2011 Library Lion of the New York Public Library. Schiff is a graduate of Williams College, from which she holds an honorary doctorate. A 1996 Guggenheim Fellow, she joined the Foundation’s board in 2013. Photograph by Elena Seibert.