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Stoner (1965) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

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 scholarís 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 ďproperĒ 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 Williamsís 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

Original title: Stoner
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaTwentieth Century
FictionGeneral FictionRural & Small Town Life
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Stoner

Stoner (1965)
Edition Details:

Language: English


Introduction by: John McGahern
Blurbs:
  • "Itís simply a novel about a guy who goes to college and becomes a teacher. But itís one of the most fascinating things that youíve ever come across." Tom Hanks, Time Magazine
  • "Stoner is written in the most plainspoken of stylesÖ.Its hero is an obscure academic who endures a series of personal and professional agonies. Yet the novel is utterly riveting, and for one simple reason: because the author, John Williams, treats his characters with such tender and ruthless honesty that we cannot help but love them." Steve Almond, Tin House
  • "Stoner by John Williams, contains what is no doubt my favorite literary romance of all time. William Stoner is well into his 40s, and mired in an unhappy marriage, when he meets Katherine, another shy professor of literature. The affair that ensues is described with a beauty so fierce that it takes my breath away each time I read it. The chapters devoted to this romance are both terribly sexy and profoundly wise." The Christian Science Monitor
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Manifested in:

Stoner (June 20, 2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York City
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590171998
Dimensions: 5 x 7.9 x 0.8 in
Pages: 278

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