Schiff in 2016
|Born||Stacy Madeleine Schiff|
October 26, 1961
|Occupation||Writer and editor|
|Education||Phillips Academy (Andover)|
|Alma mater||Williams College|
|Notable awards||Pulitzer Prize|
Schiff, born in Adams, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover) preparatory school, and earned her B.A. degree from Williams College in 1982. She was a senior editor at Simon & Schuster until 1990. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement.
Schiff won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), a biography of Vera Nabokov, wife and muse of Vladimir Nabokov. She was also a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Saint-Exupéry: A Biography of Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
Schiff's A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005) won the George Washington Book Prize. Her fourth book, Cleopatra: A Life, was published in 2010. As the Wall Street Journal's reviewer put it, "Schiff does a rare thing: She gives us a book we'd miss if it didn't exist." 
Little, Brown published The Witches: Salem, 1692 in 2015. The New York Times described it as "an almost novelistic, thriller-like narrative."
Schiff's latest book is The Witches: Salem, 1692, about the Salem witch trials. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Jane Kamensky found it to be "curiously flat," offering "banalities" and a "tenuous grip on the period." Kamensky concluded, "For all her talents in sketching the who, what, where and when of the Salem trials, [the] vexed question of why is one that Schiff simply cannot manage."  Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Felipe Fernández-Armesto found that Schiff offered "a trial narrative unsurpassed for detail and impressive for her mastery of the fragmentary and frustrating sources." He found the overall result, however, to be "unsatisfying" because "she uncovers no new clues to understanding" the context of the trials.