Irving Stone

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Stone, Irving


Born July 14, 1903, in San Francisco. American writer.

Stone graduated from the University of California in 1923 and began his literary career in the 1930’s. Stone’s biographical novels of Van Gogh (Lust for Life, 1934; Russian translation, 1961), Jack London (Sailor on Horseback, 1938; Russian translation, 1960), Michelangelo (The Agony and the Ecstasy, 1961; Russian translation, 1971), and other well-known people have enjoyed widespread popularity. His extensive knowledge of historical facts and his personal research enable Stone to re-create the atmosphere of an age and to reveal the inner world of his heroes.


Adversary in the House. New York, 1947.
The Passions of the Mind. Garden City, N.Y., 1971.


Nikolaev, N. “Gody i knigi I. Stouna.” Literaturnaia Rossiia, 1973, no. 28.
Jackson, J. H. Irving Stone and the Biographical Novel. New York, 1954.
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