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Stone Irving : Lust for Life(50th Anniversary Edn)
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Since it's initial publication in 1934, Irving Stone's "Lust For Life" has been a critical success, a multimillion-copy bestseller, and the basis for an Academy Award-winning movie. The most famous of all of Stone's novels, it is the story of Vincent Van Gogh - brilliant painter, passionate lover, and alleged madman. Here is his tempestuous story: his dramatic life, his fevered loves for both the highest-born women and the lowest of prostitutes, and his paintings - for which he was damned before being proclaimed a genius. The novel takes us from his desperate days in a northern coal mine to his dazzling years in the south of France, where he knew the most brilliant artists (and the most depraved whores). Finally, it shows us Van Gogh driven mad, tragic and triumphant at once. No other novel of a great man's life has so fascinated the American public for generations.
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Irving Stone was born in San Francisco in 1903. He wrote several books in a genre that he coined the "biographical novel," which recounted the lives of well-known historical figures. In these novels, Stone interspersed biography with fictional narrative on the psychology and private lives of his subjects. He also wrote biographies of Clarence Darrow and Earl Warren, and short biographies of men who lost presidential elections. He died in 1989.

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"A story of excruciating power."--The New York Times "Whoever reads Lust for Life will gain all the important facts concerning the life of the painter... a poetic and touching portrayal."--Christian Science Monitor "Extraordinary! A moving story retold with sensitiveness and insight."--Forum "Thorough, sympathetic, skillful."--Saturday Review of Literature

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