There’s been chatter all summer and into the fall about Stacy Schiff’s new bio, Cleopatra, most of it focused on whether James Cameron will direct a movie adaptation (in  3-D, no less), starring Angelina Jolie. Headlines indicate it’s definitely the director’s next project, but Cameron has only confirmed that he is considering it and that Jolie would be “hot” in the role.

The book finally arrives next week. Newsweek says,

Rarely have so distant a time and obscured a place come so powerfully to life. It is a great achievement…Faced with the perplexing question of how to write about a person when the evidence is sketchy and often misleading, Schiff has hit on an ingenious solution. She has written a biography in negative, describing the outlines of what she cannot know by brilliantly coloring around the queen.

It’s also featured in O, the Oprah Magazine; Why Cleopatra Still Matters. Schiff herself writes in the Wall Street Journal about why we are Still Under Cleopatra’s Spell.

Cleopatra: A Biography
Stacy Schiff
Retail Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2010-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0316001929 / 9780316001922

Hachette LARGE PRINT; Hdbk; 9780316120449; $31.99
Hachette Audio; UNABR; 9781607887010; 34.98

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