Stoner : A Novel
William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely.
Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 129 x 198 x 19mm | 223g
- 14 Jun 2013
- Vintage Publishing
- Vintage Classics
- London, United Kingdom
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‘A terrific novel of echoing sadness’ Julian Barnes
‘A book for everyone, democratic in how it breaks the heart… It is a triumph of literary endeavour. It deserves the status of a classic. I wish right now I could slip it through these words and into the hands of all who read’ Colum McCann, Independent
‘A brilliant, beautiful, inexorably sad, wise, and elegant novel’ Nick Hornby, The Believer
About John Williams
After recieving his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Denver, and his Ph.D from the University of Missouri, Williams returned in 1954 to the University of Denver where he taught literature and the craft of writing for thirty years. In 1963 Williams received a fellowship to study at Oxford University where where he received a Rockefeller grant enabling him to travel and research in Italy for his last novel, Augustus, published in 1972. John Williams died in Arkansas on March 4, 1994.