Lust For Life by Irving StoneLust For Life by Irving Stone

Lust For Life

byIrving Stone

Paperback | June 1, 1984

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“A story of excruciating power.”—The New York Times
 
The classic, bestselling biographical novel of Vincent Van Gogh
 
Since its initial publication in 1934, Irving Stone’s Lust for Life has been a critical success, a multimillion-copy bestseller, and the basis for an Academy Award-winning movie.
 
The most famous of all of Stone’s novels, it is the story of Vincent Van Gogh—brilliant painter, passionate lover, and alleged madman. Here is his tempestuous story: his dramatic life, his fevered loves for both the highest-born women and the lowest prostitutes, and his paintings—for which he was damned before being proclaimed a genius. The novel takes us from his desperate days in a coal mine in southern Belgium to his dazzling years in the south of France, where he knew the most brilliant artists (and the most depraved whores). Finally, it shows us Van Gogh driven mad, tragic, and triumphant at once. No other novel of a great man’s life has so fascinated the American public for generations.
Irving Stone was born in San Francisco in 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 C...
Title:Lust For LifeFormat:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 1984Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Van Gogh's compelling story from beginning to end. A very well-written read.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read Absorbing and well written. A must-read for anyone interested in the life of Van Gogh.
Date published: 2006-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lust for Life Initially published in 1934, Lust for life has received critical acclaim and placed Stone as a master of the biographical novel. This story is about the brilliant painter Vincent Van Gogh. His whole life was one of solitude, desperation, and self-destruction. From his despairing days working at a coal mine to his fascinating years in the South of France, Stone describes with poignancy the tragic existence of Van Gogh. Definitely a moving read and an accurate description of a man considered to be one of the great forerunners of 20th century painting.
Date published: 2000-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book I was stunned by the calibre of this Irving Stone novel, it was an emotionally charged book, which is rare in biographies.
Date published: 1999-10-09

Table of Contents

Lust for LifePrologue - London
1. L'ange aux poupons
2. Goupil and Company
3. In its own image, love creates love
4. "Let's forget it, shall we?"
5. The Van Goghs
6. "Why, you're nothing but a country boor!"
7. Ramsgate and Isleworth

Book One - The Borinage
1. Amsterdam
2. Kay
3. A stuffy, provincial clergyman
4. Latin and Greek
5. Mendes da Costa
6. Where lies the greater strength?
7. Evangelical school
8. The Blackjaws
9. A miner's hut
10. Success!
11. Terril
12. Marcasse
13. A lesson in economics
14. Fragile
15. Black Egypt
16. Exit God
17. Bankruptcy
18. An incident of little importance
19. As one artist to another
20. Enter Theo
21. The old mill at Ryswyk

Book Two - Etten
1. "There's a living in that!"
2. Fou
3. The student
4. Mijnheer Tersteeg
5. Anton Mauve
6. Kay comes to Etten
7. "No, never, never!"
8. There are some cities in which a man is forever ill-fated

Book Three - The Hague
1. The first studio
2. Christine
3. Work in progress
4. A man needs a woman
5. "You must hurry and begin to sell!"
6. Goodness grows in curious places
7. Savoir souffir sans se plaindre
8. The merciless sword
9. Love
10. The Holy Family
11. Theo comes to the Hague
12. Fathers are funny
13. L'art, c'est un combat

Book Four - Nuenen
1. A studio in the vicarage
2. The weavers
3. Margot
4. "It's loving that's important, not being loved"
5. Whither thou goest
6. Inquisition
7. "Your work is almost salable, but..."
8. The Potato Eaters

Book Five - Paris
1. "Ah, yes, Paris!"
2. The explosion
3. "Why should anyone want to be a count when he can be a painter?"
4. Portrait of a primitive
5. Painting must become a science!
6. Rousseau gives a party
7. A poor wretch who hanged himself
8. Art goes amoral
9. Pere Tanguy
10. The Petit Boulevard
11. Art for the workingman
12. The Communist Art Colony
13. Southward, ever southward, to the sun!

Book Six - Arles
1. Earthquake or revolution?
2. The painting machine
3. Le Pigeon
4. Postman
5. The Yellow House
6. Maya
7. Gaugin arrives
8. The sound and the fury
9. Fou-rou
10. "In existing society, the painter is but a broken vessel"

Book Seven - St. Remy
1. Third Class Carriage
2. The fraternity of fous
3. An old crock is an old crock
4. "I discovered painting when I no longer had teeth or breath"

Book Eight - Auvers
1. The first one-man exhibition
2. A specialist in nervous diseases
3. One cannot paint goodbye
4. A more resilient earth
5. "And in their death they were not divided"

Editorial Reviews

“A story of excruciating power.”—The New York Times

"Whoever reads Lust for Life will gain all the important facts concerning the life of the painter... a poetic and touching portrayal."—Christian Science Monitor
 
“Extraordinary! A moving story retold with sensitiveness and insight.”—Forum
 
“Thorough, sympathetic, skillful.”—Saturday Review of Literature