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Stoner [Paperback]

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Pages   278
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 20, 2006
Publisher   NYRB Classics
ISBN  1590171993  
EAN  9781590171998  


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Item Description...
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.
"It's simply a novel about a guy who goes to college and becomes a teacher. But it's one of the most fascinating things that you've ever come across." — Tom Hanks, Time

"Stoner is written in the most plainspoken of styles….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

"[T]he work deserves to be called a 'perfect novel' — there's not a misplaced word or a trace of contrivance." -Boldtype

"The best book I read in 2007 was Stoner by John Williams. It's perhaps the best book I've read in years." -Stephen Elliott, The Believer

"John Williams's Stoner is something rarer than a great novel - it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away." -The New York Times Book Review

"Williams didn't write much compared with some novelists, but everything he did was exceedingly fine...it's a shame that he's not more often read today...But it's great that at least two of his novels [Stoner, Butcher's Crossing] have found their way back into print." -The Denver Post

“A masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man” —The New Yorker

“Why isn't this book famous…Very few novels in English, or literary productions of any kind, have come anywhere near its level for human wisdom or as a work of art.” —C.P. Snow

“Serious, beautiful and affecting, what makes Stoner so impressive is the contained intensity the author and character share.” —Irving Howe, New Republic

“A quiet but resonant achievement” —The Times Literary Supplement

"Perhaps the greatest example of minimalism I've ever read...Stoner is a story of great hope for the writer who cares about her work." -Stephen Elliott

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
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 small publisher for the novel and enrolled at the University of Denver, where he was eventually to receive both his B.A. and M.A., and where he was to return as an instructor in 1954. Williams remained on the staff of the creative writing program at the University of Denver until his retirement in 1985. During these years, he was an active guest lecturer and writer, publishing two volumes of poetry and three novels, Butcher's Crossing, Stoner, and the National Book Award–winning Augustus.

John McGahern (1934-2006) was one of the most acclaimed Irish writers of his generation. His work, including six novels and four collections of short stories, often centered on the Irish predicament, both political and temperamental. Amongst Women, his best-known book, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a popular miniseries. His last book, the memoir All Will Be Well, was published shortly before his death.

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More About John Edward Williams, John McGahern, Michelle Rogers, Ben Wright, Virginia Gregg, Larry C. Spears & Ana Planella

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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 small publisher for the novel and enrolled at the University of Denver, where he was eventually to receive both his B.A. and M.A., and where he was to return as an instructor in 1954. Williams remained on the staff of the creative writing program at the University of Denver until his retirement in 1985. During these years, he was an active guest lecturer and writer, publishing two volumes of poetry and three novels, Butcher's Crossing, Stoner, and the National Book Award-winning Augustus.
John McGahern (1934-2006) was one of the most acclaimed Irish writers of his generation. His work, including six novels and four collections of short stories, often centered on the Irish predicament, both political and temperamental. Amongst Women, his best-known book, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a popular miniseries. His last book, the memoir All Will Be Well, was published shortly before his death.

John Williams has an academic affiliation as follows - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Cambridge University.

John Williams has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New York Review Books Classics
  2. Phillip Keveren


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Not Your Father's College Novel  Nov 21, 2008
For a short novel, Stoner has the feeling of a much longer work. Perhaps part of this is the unremitting melancholy which Williams attaches to the main character, William Stoner. A kind of Everyman who sets out on the course of higher education, Stoner never quite fits the bill of the academic super star he wants himself to be; yet he continues to struggle, to write a book, to be a better teacher, to be closer to his wife and daughter. In the end, Williams' great accomplishment in this novel is his unflinching ability to show all sides of his characters. In Stoner, even minor characters have a rounded feel. And Stoner, the character, through all his struggles, remains appealing.

This work, a "typical" novel about college life, somehow never falls to the level of the banal or expected. Williams' great achievement is to make the college a legitimate arena for the human experience to unfold without staleness. Rather than showing a lack of experience on Williams behalf (read Augustus to see this man's great range) Williams illustrates in Stoner that ANY area of human life can be subject to scrupulous literary exploration, even one so over ploughed as the college campus.
 
Proof positive that academia in no way resembles the "real" world  Nov 13, 2008
If you define a hero as someone who doesn't shoot his wife, child and self when it's really what ought to be done -- because not a one of them takes any charge of his or her own life -- then ok, William Stoner is your hero. But not mine.

Consider: perhaps the only time in his life that Stoner showed some gumption was when he was about 20. He switched majors from Agriculture to Literature, thus changing the course of his life. But after that, it's all down hill.

Nowadays, the woman he ended up marrying would be labelled clinically depressed. In Shakespeare's time, she'd have been called a shrew in dire need of taming. But Stoner's time was neither now nor the Middle Ages. And so he spends the remaining 45 years of his wretched life sleeping on the couch, banished from his wife's bed, unable to stand up to her even when she spends her days thinking up new ways to screw with the psyche of their one and only child.

And this is a hero?

And work doesn't go much better -- he gets pushed around there, too.

In the real world, quietly suffering dolts like Stoner usually end up making back-page news in the Kansas City Star: they buy a .38 at WalMart one hot summer's night, then come home and calmly blow away their family before turning the gun on themselves.

But no, our Stoner is a hero, see, because he takes the cards life's dealt him. But why, one really must ask, does he never ask the dealer for a hit?

 
Almost forgotten masterpiece  Aug 8, 2008
One of the best works of fiction of the post war era. Williams does not get his propers. He is a little-known literary giant who deserves wide readership.
 
"Moved me..."  May 18, 2008
William Stoner is the only child of Midwestern farmers struggling to eke out an existence. One of the local elders mentions that the University of Missouri is offering a college degree in Agriculture and he suggests that the son consider it. Never having traveled outside of his farming community, William decides to attend college in 1910. He lives with relatives and pays for his room and board by feeding the animals and slopping pigs in the morning, going to school during the day, back to back-breaking farm work when he returns from school...and then staying up late at night to do his studies. He takes a mandatory literature course in his second year of studies which opens his mind and heart to learning, higher education and life's possibilities - and Stoner both finds himself and loses himself in books, literature and eventually teaching.

Stoner's storytelling is crisp and visual:

"He buried her (his Mother) beside his husband. After the services were over and the few mourners had gone, he stood alone in a cold November wind and looked at the two graves, one open to its burden and the other mound covered by a thin fuzz of grass. He turned on the bare, treeless little plot that held others like his mother and father and looked across the flat land in the direction of the farm where he had been born, where his mother and father had spent their years. He thought of the cost exacted, year after year, by the soil; and it remained as it had been - a little more barren, perhaps, a little more frugal of increase. Nothing had changed. Their lives had been expended in cheerless labor, their wills broken, their intelligences numbed. Now they were in the earth to which they had given their lives; and slowly, year by year, the earth would take them."

The death of his parents - a failed marriage - a mentally unstable wife who takes it out on William and their Daughter Grace - a vindictive Department Head of Literature who makes Stoners' professional life miserable - - and on and on as captured beautifully by Jefferson in this phrase:

"The years of the war blurred together, and Stoner went through them as he might have gone through a driving and nearly unendurable storm, his head down, his jaw locked, his mind fixed upon the next step and the next and the next."

This story of an ordinary man who finds his passion in his professional life and yet is still beset with challenges within that life and in living.

John Williams wrote this novel in 1965 - it still merits the "perfect novel" acclaim attributed to it by many reviewers. This novel is deeply moving.
 
A gem I stumbled on at random  May 15, 2008
Beautiful, unaffected, elegant writing. Pacing like a thriller. Unblinking nihilism. And a sense of classic tragedy. I read it in two sittings and felt like I had been mugged by a ballet dancer.
 

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