Irving Stone (1903–1989) took his place as the world-acknowledged master of the biographical novel with the publication of Lust for Life. Tremendous subsequent successes such as The Agony and the Ecstasy, Passions of the Mind, The Origin, to name but a few, have achieved the rare combination of bestselling popularity and high critical success.
Clive Chaferis a professional actor, director, producer, and theater instructor. Originally from England and educated at Leeds and Exeter universities, he has performed and directed at many theaters in the San Francisco area, where he makes his home, and elsewhere in the US. In 1993, he founded TheatreFIRST, Oakland's professional theater company, where he served as artistic director until 2008.