David Weiss, 93, a historical novelist who embellished on the lives of such artists as Rodin, Mozart and Rembrandt, died Nov. 29 at a La Jolla hospital. The cause was thrombophlebitis and complications from a fall.
Weiss wrote 12 books, including "Naked Came I," a 1963 best-selling novel based on the life of sculptor Auguste Rodin.
The author published his first novel rather late in life: He was over 40 when "The Guilt Maker" came out in 1953. His debut was recognized with the Frieder Literary Award for best novel on a Jewish theme published in America.
A 1933 graduate of Temple University who later studied at the New School for Social Research in New York, he worked at more than 50 jobs -- including stevedore, actor, welfare worker, store clerk and swimming instructor -- before turning to writing.
In one of his longest-held jobs, he was a story editor for producer David O. Selznick for seven years. Weiss worked on the films "A Farewell to Arms" and "Tender Is the Night."