Literary Techniques

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Some critics have been particularly harsh in their estimation of Stone's techniques in The Agony and the Ecstasy. They contend that...

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Social Concerns

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

The combination of Michelangelo's varied background as sculptor, painter, poet, architect and engineer, his own personal weaknesses and...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Clements, Robert J. “The Artist as Hero.” Saturday Review 64 (March 18, 1961): 18. Clements finds that Stone’s Michelangelo is “an idealized version, purged not only of ambisexuality, but of the egotism, faultfinding, harsh irony, and ill temper that we know were characteristic of Michelangelo.”

Current Biography 50 (October, 1989): 59. An obituary of Stone, including details of his life and career.

Golant, Susan K. “The Agony, the Ecstasy, and Irving Stone.” Writer’s Digest 61 (March, 1981): 26-29. A profile of Stone and commentary on his writings.

Stieg, Lewis, comp. Irving Stone: A Bibliography. Los Angeles: Friends of the Libraries, University of Southern California, 1973. A listing of Stone’s novels, biographies, and other writings.

Stone, Irving. “The Biographical Novel.” The Writer 75 (January, 1962): 9-13. Stone discusses his approaches to fictionalized biographies.

Related Titles

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

All of Stone's biographies are similar in their use of mixing fact and fiction, and in their development of central characters as strong...

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(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

It seems apparent that in adapting The Agony and the Ecstasy to film (1965), scriptwriter Philip Dunne had artistic license in mind....

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