The Agony and the Ecstasy

The Agony and the Ecstasy Description:

Celebrating the th anniversary of Michelangelo s David New American Library releases a special edition of Irving Stone s classic biographical novel in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full A masterpiece in its own right this novel offers a compelling portrait of Michelangelo s dangerous impassioned loves and the God driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known

Rating: 3.38 out of 5

Lust for Life

Lust for Life Description:

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 br br 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

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

The Origin

The Origin Description:

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Rating: 3.28 out of 5

Love is Eternal

Love is Eternal Description:

A biography of Mary Todd Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

The President's Lady

The President's Lady Description:

In this acclaimed biographical novel Irving Stone brings to life the tender and poignant love story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson Beyond any doubt one of the great romances of all time i The Saturday Review of Literature i

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

The Passions of the Mind

The Passions of the Mind Description:

In the s Vienna was Europe s glamour capital It was in that brilliant city that Sigmund Freud began his long struggle to free people everywhere from the blindfolds amp chains of their unknown natures The Passions of the Mind is the story of an extraordinary man who proved that some of the most exciting challenges aren t met on the battlefield or on mountain peaks but inside the hearts amp minds of individuals The story is told with great attention to accuracy His research is recounted as meticulously as in a biography tho it s fictionalized to allow readers understanding of feelings amp thought processes Freud was one of Vienna s most distinguished neurologists He gave up a life of respectable affluence to become a daring researcher of uncharted seas in an effort to change forever our understanding of human motivations He was a pioneer explorer of the dark frontiers of the sexual nature of humans for which he was made a pariah Includes Glossary amp Bibliography br This book involved six years of uninterrupted research amp writing yet the road was lighted at every turn by the kindness amp the generosity of almost everyone who had known Sigmund Freud or worked with him Irving Stone

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

Those Who Love

Those Who Love Description:

The true story of Abigail Smith and John Adams who met and loved and married and became leading protagonists in events which were to change the whole concept of the Western world

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

The Greek Treasure

The Greek Treasure Description:

Be it Michelangelo or Henry Schliemann be it a chisel or a pick there s always a lot of wood to chop in one of Irving Stone s factually fortified biographies of great men of obdurate vigor Schliemann was certainly the most single minded of these when in middle age rich amp retired from business he decided to uncover the city of Troy destroyed some years ago At this time he also married the young only Sophia who stayed by his side in situ during the years of endless excavations even after little Andromache amp Agamemnon were born For Schliemann it was to be A life sentence Sometimes I don t know which is the prisoner in this mount Troy or myself But then there were the st coins amp medals amp vertebrae amp later Priam s gold amp silver which the Turkish government would contest Schliemann was an arbitrary man stingy with Sophia amp her family tho no price was too great to pay for his lifework which he subsidized while he drove himself unremittingly toward his own sepulcher Certainly he s not the most lovable subject to read about at this predictable great length amp in all the bedrock scholarship amp mounds of magma it s hard to find the bosom lifting feeling of discovery however manifest the destiny of any book Stone has ever written Kirkus

Rating: 3.54 out of 5

Men to Match My Mountains: The Opening of the Far West 1840-1900

Men to Match My Mountains: The Opening of the Far West 1840-1900 Description:

Stone has created a pageant of stories of the great westward drive

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Depths of Glory: A Biographical Novel of Camille Pissarro

Depths of Glory: A Biographical Novel of Camille Pissarro Description:

A fictional biography of Camille Pissarro a central figure of the Impressionist movement It explores the artist s relationship with other great painters of the time including Degas Monet Manet Renoir Cezanne and Van Gogh By the author of Lust for Life and The Agony and the Ecstasy

Rating: 3.76 out of 5