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Irving Stone was an American writer who is best known for his biographical novels. He was born in San Francisco in 1903 and died in Los Angeles in 1989. Stone's most famous novels include Lust for Life (1934), about Vincent van Gogh, and The Agony and the Ecstasy (1961), about Michelangelo. Stone's novels were praised for their historical accuracy and their vivid portrayals of their subjects. He was a recipient of the John P. McGovern Award in Literature and the Spur Award for Best Nonfiction.