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.
"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