Stoner (New York Review Books Classics) e-book
by John Williams,John McGahern
In a pivotal scene in John Williams' novel, "Stoner" (1965) three young graduate students are discussing the nature of university education over their cups.
In a pivotal scene in John Williams' novel, "Stoner" (1965) three young graduate students are discussing the nature of university education over their cups. It is the type of discussion that doubtless has happened many times. The participants are William Stoner, the protagonist of the book, and his friends Gordon Finch and David Masters. While the focus of the novel is on Stoner, this scene belongs to David Masters.
But it's great that at least two of his novels have found their way back into print. A masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man -The New Yorker. Although the title misled me at first, it turned out to be one of the finest pieces of literature I have ever read.
The critic Morris Dickstein has said that John Williams’s Stoner is something much rarer than a great novel – it is a. .
The critic Morris Dickstein has said that John Williams’s Stoner is something much rarer than a great novel – it is a perfect novel. It revolves around a protagonist named William Stoner and traces his life from matriculating at a fictionalized version of the University of Missouri, his academic career, his marriage, and ultimately his death.
Williams won the 1973 National Book Award in fiction for Augustus. His novel Stoner is also published as an NYRB Classic
One of the finest novels of the West ever to come out of the West. Butcher's Crossing is perhaps the finest western in literature. John Williams may have published only a few novels, but they were all just about perfect. Williams won the 1973 National Book Award in fiction for Augustus. His novel Stoner is also published as an NYRB Classic. Michelle Latiolais is an associate professor of English at the UC Irvine. Her novel, Even Now, won a Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California.
Lists with This Book. 460 books - 733 voters. In the introduction by John McGahern he relates something that Mr. Williams said that resonates with me as well. Williams complains about the changes in the teaching of literature and the attitude to the text "as if a novel or poem is something to be studied and understood rather than experienced. John Williams is able to kill you softly with his immovable patience, his prose which is like the most patient thing in the world, and which builds and builds by inching closer and closer to the precipice. Precisely because he is not flashy.
Stoner is a 1965 novel by the American writer John Williams. Stoner has been categorized under the genre. Stoner has been categorized under the genre of the academic novel, or the campus novel.
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.
Stoner is a story of great hope for the writer who cares about her work. 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.