The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

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A fictional biography of the artist Michelangelo Buonarotti. It is also a vivid recreation of renaissance Italy, evoking the turbulence of a time when the Medici family and the Church were all powerful. Stone's previous books on the art world include "Lust for Life: the Life of Vincent Van Gogh".

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Irving Stone was born in San Francisco on July 14, 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 on August 26, 1989.
Published February 17, 1961 by Doubleday & Company. 664 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Even without that, the subject matter- Michelangelo and the burgeoning period which gave him life- and Stone's proven ability to convey the excitement and passion of genius (as in Lust for Life) would guarantee an immense and eager audience.

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We get unforgettable descriptions of a shady Hong Kong shopping district, a sharply-limned portrait of Daisey's translator, a description of Daisey's hopeful nights in college exploring an early version of the internet, anecdotes about Steve Jobs' early life.

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