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 Stories for April 22, 1998

Jean Stone Awarded 1998 Hubert Howe Bancroft Award

On April 18, Jean Stone, widow of author Irving Stone, ’23, LLD ’68, received Bancroft Library’s highest honor, the Hubert Howe Bancroft Award.

Jean Stone collaborated with her husband as researcher and editor on 18 biographical novels, which repeatedly brought the Stones to Bancroft. Irving Stone dedicated every one of his books to Jean Stone, and in 1982 she was honored by P.E.N., an international organization of writers, with the Maxwell Perkins Award for editing.

A devoted Berkeley alumnus, Irving Stone edited “There Was Light” (1970), a collection of essays about Berkeley by notable alumni. It was republished in 1996, updated and edited by Jean Stone.

In 1996 Jean Stone funded creation of the Jean and Irving Stone Seminar Room in Bancroft, already a popular study space. There, students are in the presence of The Stone Wall – Jean Stone’s collection of the many editions and translations of Irving Stone’s work, complemented by part of his remarkable research library.

Jean Stone has also established an endowment at Bancroft to support the collecting of biography and history.

Her award ceremony took place during the 51st annual meeting of the Friends of The Bancroft Library.

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