No artist has been more ruthlessly driven by his creative urge, nor more isolated by it from most ordinary sources of human happiness, than Vincent Van Gogh. A painter of genius, his life was an incessant struggle against poverty, discouragement, madness and despair. Lust for Life skilfully captures the exciting atmosphere of the Paris of the Post-Impressionists and reconstructs with great insight the development of Van Gogh's art. The painter is brought to life not only as an artist but as a personality and this account of his violent, vivid and tormented life is a novel of rare compassion and vitality.
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This stands out among the advance Fall offerings by the amazing push that is being given it by almost everyone who has had a chance at an advance copy. The prepublication orders two months ahead of publication are sufficient guarantee of its initial push. And, more important still, it's a grand book. Remember the excitement caused by The Moon And Sixpence, which virtually put Somerset Maugham on the map? This book has the same sort of market, for it too is the story of an artist, Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch painter whose life reads like a penny dreadful, so full it is of adventure and color and originality. Those who read Meier-Graefe's biography of the man, will feel on familiar ground, and yet not for a moment be bored; those who remember the chapter in Craven's Modern Art will have had just enough to whet the appetite for more. Those who have no interest in Van Gogh for art's sake, will find the story amazingly good reading, simply from the point of view of fiction. There is none of that sense of artificiality that only too often accompanies fictionization of biography. One feels that the conversations must have been exactly as presented, that the psychology back of the erratic proceedings is unerring. Watch it. There's a big chance here. And the publishers are standing back of it a hundred per cent. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Irving Stone
Irving Stone was born in San Francisco in 1903 and received his B. A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1923 and his Master's degree from the University of Southern California in 1924. He wrote plays and supported himself by writing detective stories until the publication of Lust for Life, his first novel, in 1934. Stone called his work 'bio-history' and based his novels on meticulous and extensive research into the lives of the historical characters at the heart of his novels. He married his editor, Jean Factor, in 1934. He founded the Academy of American Poets in 1962. He died in Los Angeles in 1989.