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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Lust for Life (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Adversary in the House (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clarence Darrow for the Defence (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Immortal Wife (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Passionate Journey (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The President's Lady (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Is Eternal (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Those Who Love (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Passions of the Mind (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Greek Treasure (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Origin (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Depths of Glory (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Irving Stone Reader (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Sailor on Horseback (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earl Warren (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Men to Match My Mountains (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dear Theo (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drawings of Michaelangelo (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
They Also Ran (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
There Was Light (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mary Todd Lincoln, A Final Judgement? (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
From Mud-Flat Cove to Gold to Statehood: California, 1840-1850 (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Irving Stone was born on July 14, 1903 in San Francisco, California and died on August 26, 1989 of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was an American-born writer, known well for his classical biographical novels featuring eminent artists, statesmen and intellectuals. Some of the best sellers include: The Agony and the Ecstasy (1961), Lust for Life (1934), The President’s Lady (1951).

Early Life and Education:

Irving was only seven when his parents Charles Tennenbaum and the former Pauline Rosenberg separated. However when his mother re-married, he decided to legally adapt his stepfather’s last name, “Stone”. He was pretty much influenced by Jack London who then became the subject of “Sailor on Horseback’’. He graduated from the same University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor’s degree) and started his career as a Teaching Assistant in English (after earning his M.A. degree) at the same place.

He happens to have met his 1st wife at the university who was also a student there, ‘Lona Mosk’. He published his first biographical novel that was based on Van Gogh, ‘Lust for Life’ in 1934. He divorced from his first wife in New York. Stone got married to his secretary Jean and the marriage lasted until his death. Throughout their years living together, Jean Stone altered a large portion of his entire works. The Stones lived fundamentally in Los Angeles, California. They financed an establishment to bolster philanthropic causes they trusted in.

Awards & Honors:

He was privileged with honorary awards during his social accomplishments highlighting Italian history.

In 1960, from his alma mater, he got a privileged Doctorate of Letters from Berkeley.

Film adaptations:

Four of his books have been adapted into movies.

In 1953, a well known film version was made of ‘The President’s Lady’ in light of his 1950’s novel with the same name, featuring Charlton Heston playing as Andrew Jackson and Susan Hayward playing as Rachel Donelson Jackson.

In 1956, another film was made of Lust forever, in light of his 1934’s novel, featuring Kirk Douglas casted as Van Gogh.

He was also to make another film in 1965, The Agony &the Ecstasy’’, featuring Charlton Heston playing as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II.

Stone’s 1975 book, ’The Greek Treasure’’ was the premise for the German TV generation Dergeheimnisvolle Schatz von Troja (Hunt for Troy, 2007).


Irving Stone is the creator of numerous historical novels. Although historical books were his claim to fame, he likewise delivered two biographies, “Clarence Darrow for the Defense” in 1941, and “Earl Warren” in 1948. “They Also Ran,” a lively study of unsuccessful Presidential candidates, was distributed in 1943. There were more than two dozen Stone books, including two non-biographical books, and he composed various unsuccessful plays as well.


The Agony & the Ecstasy written in 1961 is an anecdotal novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti composed by Irving Stone. Stone lived in Italy for quite a long time going to a considerable lot of the areas in Rome and Florence, worked in marble quarries, and apprenticed himself to a marble artist.

This is a long classic (664 pages) historical novel depicting the life of Michelangelo in a saucy, yet practical manner. Michelangelo is depicted in this book as being extremely energetic about his specialty. He clearly was conceived with a wealth of ability, yet he was likewise headed to dependably put forth a valiant effort. A case of his drive to flawlessness was his choice of painting the Sistine roof alone. It would have been satisfactory for him to utilize a substantial staff of partners and complete the undertaking in a year. In any case, with a specific end goal to guarantee the most elevated gauges, he did it only over a four year time frame.

His living style was for the most part that of a homeless person, extremely extra and plane. His family, his dad specifically, was continually requiring cash. So the greater part of what he earned he gave away. Really, his extra living style may have added to his long life. A significant number of his peers who reveled lavishly didn’t live so long.

The book makes a special effort to depict Lorenzo de’ Medici “Il Magnifico” as a close impeccable ruler (informally off camera) of Florence. Lorenzo was exceptionally instrumental in giving the youthful Michelangelo a begin as an artist. The book depicts Michelangelo frequently reviewing Lorenzo’s recommendation, and close to the end of the book with death drawing nearer he supposes the accompanying.

“Il Magnifico would be happy: for me, the forces of destruction never overcame creativity”

There has been conflicted feelings regarding this novel though.


Lust for Life, written in 1934 is a bibliography, composed in light of the life of the well known Dutch

painter, Vincent van Gogh, and his hardships. The novel is composed so smoothly and strikingly, that numerous present day readers may feel as though they are watching a film. The characters – a hefty portion of them truly well known become animated in intriguing ways.

They are recognizable from each other and are frightfully consistent with recorded impression. The way that the work was built around real historical letters absolutely helps in creating an authentic, if generally envisioned, story.

It was made into a film of the same name featuring Kirk Douglas, which was designated for four Academy Awards, ultimately winning one.

Lust for Life is well known for the way it portrays the causes of a large portion of the craftsman’s acclaimed works of art including The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers and others. Stone needed to clarify Van Gogh’s troublesome life and how he started, prospered, and passed on as a painter.

The novel depends on the numerous letters (around 700) composed between Vincent van Gogh and his more youthful sibling, Theo. Stone takes creator’s artistic freedom and designs exchange, circumstances, and so on however a hefty portion of the characters, spots, and occasions depend on occasions which truly happened and which were portrayed in the siblings’ letters.

Irving Stone has written so many books that have gone to inspire people from all walks of life. His life itself was a great inspiration to many and the above-discussed two are considered as the master-pieces and if you are a literature lover, these are the MUST read for you, in case you haven’t read them as yet already!

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