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Author: John L. Williams

ISBN: 9780099561545
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3 September 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.1
'A masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man' New Yorker

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.

Review by John Purcell:

I completely missed the talk about Stoner by John Williams. Originally published in 1965 to critical praise and few sales it sank like a stone until 2003 when it was rediscovered and celebrated as an American classic.

I don't know what I was doing at the time. Probably sitting i...

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