Stoner by John Williams

 

Stoner by John Williams

"Whew! This book knocked me out.  The story of an English professor in early 20th century Missouri leading a quiet life might not sound like page turning, engaging literature, but it really is.  John Williams' thesis seems to be that even a quiet uneventful life can still be a beautiful thrilling story worth telling and he proves this theory on every page.  I can't recommend this book enough."

- Recommended by Wayne

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Stoner: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By John Williams, John McGahern (Introduction by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781681374574
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Published: NYRB Classics - July 30th, 2019

The critic Morris Dickstein has said that John Williams's Stoner "is something much rarer than a great novel - it is a perfect novel," and in the last decade this austere and deeply moving tale of a Midwestern college professor has been embraced by readers all over the world. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Stoner, NYRB Classics offers a special hardback edition of the book that also includes a previously unpublished correspondence between John Williams and his agent about its writing and publication.