Irving Stone papers, 1945-1985
Irving Stone (born Irving Tennenbaum) was an American author born in San Francisco, CA on 1903 July 14. Stone was known for
writing biographical novels depicting the lives of famous historical personalities such as Vincent Van Gogh (Lust for Life).
Stone received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1923 and a Master's
Degree in Economics from University of Southern California in 1924. Stone began his writing career in 1926 as a playwright
and supported himself by submitting stories to pulp magazines. In 1928, Stone began to write his first biographical novel,
Lust for Life, based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh. The novel was published in 1934 and immediately became a bestseller.
He would go on the publish works based on the lives of other famous historical figures such as Michelangelo (The Agony and
the Ecstasy), Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln (Love is Eternal), Charles Darwin (The Origin), and Sigmund Freud (Passions of
the Mind). Stone's biographical novels have the reputation of being thoroughly researched and based primarily upon source
materials such as journals and collections of letters written by the subjects. Stone died in 1989 at the age of 86 in Los
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of correspondence between Irving Stone and his literary agency, Laurence Pollinger, Ltd, as well as
related materials such as book reviews, receipts and letters from publishers. The majority of the correspondence is between
Irving Stone and either Gerald or Laurence Pollinger. There are also letters from Jean Stone, Irving Stone's wife, written
on behalf of her husband. This collection contains six autograph letters signed by Stone, 66 typed letters signed by Stone
and 220 carbons of letters from Laurence Pollinger, Ltd. Also included is a collection of correspondence from 1973 between
Laurence Pollinger and Lucy Moorehead, wife and estate administrator to Alan Moorehead. This collection consists of six typed
letters signed by Moorehead and 14 carbons of letters from Laurence Pollinger.