Irving Stone, a prolific author whose exhaustively researched and often immense biographical novels included ''Lust for Life,'' based on the story of van Gogh, died of heart failure on Saturday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 86 years old and lived in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The young Irving Stone was bookish and often tried his hand at short-story writing. He said many years later that he was deeply influenced by Jack London, who eventually was the subject of Mr. Stone's biographical novel ''Sailor on Horseback.'' Played Saxophone in College
Brainerd Community Theatre invites you to spend an evening with him in "Clarence Darrow," a one-man production featuring Patrick Spradlin and directed by Erik Steen. It's written by David W. Rintels and is based on the Irving Stone book "Clarence Darrow for the Defense."