Stoner

byJohn WilliamsIntroduction byJohn Mcgahern

June 20, 2006|
Stoner by John Williams
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Discover an American masterpiece. This unassuming story about the life of a quiet English professor has earned the admiration of readers all over the globe.

 

William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.

 

John Williams’s luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world.

John Williams (1922-1994) was born and raised in northeast Texas. Despite a talent for writing and acting, Williams flunked out of a local junior college after his first year. He reluctantly joined the war effort, enlisting in the Army Air Corps, and managing to write a draft of his first novel while there. Once home, Williams found a ...
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Title:StonerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 7.95 X 5.02 X 0.63 inShipping dimensions:288 pages, 7.95 X 5.02 X 0.63 inPublished:June 20, 2006Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590171993

ISBN - 13:9781590171998

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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