Vladimir Nabokov

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Tales from the Heart

For Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff, connecting emotionally with her subjects is essential for writing their life stories. ”Rather than a battle, or a historical event, or a political movement, biography has at its center that most fickle, protean, inaccessible and unknowable thing–the human heart,” said Schiff, speaking at the Leon Levy Center for Biography’s first annual lecture at the Graduate Center. Schiff discussed her books, including the 2000 Pulitzer-winning “Vera,” about the wife of author Vladimir Nabokov; “Saint-Exupery: A Biography,” a Pulitzer nominee, and her work in progress, the life and times of Cleopatra.
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