Irving Stone (real name Irving Tennenbanm) was born on July 14, 1903 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an American writer known for his biographical novels of famous historical personalities.
Biography and Career :
He graduated the Berkely University in 1923. He got his Master-Degree at the southern California University in 1924.
Irving Stone started his career writing plays and police novels. He published "Lust for Life" in 1934, a novel based on the life of Vincent van Gogh.
Later on, he published works which he called "bio-history", "Clarence Darrow for the Defense" in 1941, "They Also Ran" in 1943, "Immortal Wife" in 1944, "President's Lady" in 1951, "Love is Eternal" in 1954-a novel which is based on the marriage between Mary Told and Abraham Lincoln.
Another novel based on the life of a personality-Michelangelo Buonaroti-is "The Agony and the Ecstasy". For that novel, he had spent five years in Italy.
The famous American writer is known for his biographical novel upon the life of major historical personalities. So, he wrote also about Freud's life in "The Passion of the Mind" in 1971, or about the discovery of the Troy in "The Greek Treasure" in 1981.
In the novel "The Origin", published in 1980, he narrated the journey of Charles Darwin on the Beagle Ship. Another important events in his life were his marriage to the editor Jean Stone or the setting up of the Academy of American Poets in 1962.
In 1950 a movie was made by his novel "Lust for Life" and in 1965, it happened again with the novel "The Agony and the Ecstasy". The writer passed away on August 26, 1989 in Los Angeles.
- "She leaned across her dressing table and gazed into the gilt-framed mirror on the wall."
- "They moved up the trail vigorously, their slim young figures in rhythmic cadence."
Important Works :
- Lust for Life (1934)
- Adversary in the House (1947)
- Love is Eternal (historical novel - 1954)
- The Agony and the Ecstasy - (1961)
- The Passions of the Mind (1971)
- The Greek Treasure (1975)
- The Origin (1980)
- For the Defense
- Those Who Love
- Sailor on Horseback.
Writer Filmography :
- The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) (novel)
- Lust for Life (1956) (novel)
- "General Electric Theater" (1 episode, 1955)
- The President's Lady (1953) (novel)
- Magnificent Doll (1946) (screenplay) (story)
- Arkansas Judge (1941) (novel False Witness).
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