Stoner / John Williams ; with an introduction by John McGahern.
Contributor(s): McGahern, John [author of introduction, etc.]Publisher: London : Vintage Classic, 2012Description: xii, 278 pages ; 20 cmISBN: 9780099561545 (paperback); 0099561549 (paperback)Other title: Stoner : a novelSubject(s): College teachers -- Missouri -- FictionDDC classification: 813.54
This ed. originally published: London: Vintage, 2003.
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.