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.


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November 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stoner: 50th Anniversary Edition (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 1-59017-928-5 / 978-1-59017-928-4 (USA edition)
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2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Stoner
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 0-09-959516-8 / 978-0-09-959516-8 (UK edition)
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April 1973 : UK Hardback
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Title: Stoner
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 0-7139-0466-6 / 978-0-7139-0466-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen Lane
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April 1965 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stoner
Author(s): John A Williams
ISBN: 0-670-67124-X / 978-0-670-67124-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 0-09-956154-9 / 978-0-09-956154-5 (UK edition)
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July 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Stoner: A Novel
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 0-09-959576-1 / 978-0-09-959576-2 (UK edition)
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January 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: stoner
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ISBN: 0-09-959579-6 / 978-0-09-959579-3 (UK edition)
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August 2011 : Paperback
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Title: Stoner
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 2842636449 / 978-2842636449
Publisher: Le Dilettante
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June 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stoner (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 1-59017-199-3 / 978-1-59017-199-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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February 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Stoner
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 0-09-944509-3 / 978-0-09-944509-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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March 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: Stoner (University of Arkansas Press Reprint Series)
Author(s): John Edward Williams
ISBN: 1-55728-029-0 / 978-1-55728-029-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ of Arkansas Pr
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Audio Editions

2001 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Stoner: A Novel
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 1-78614-031-4 / 978-1-78614-031-9 (UK edition)
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April 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Stoner: A Novel
Author(s): John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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April 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Stoner: A Novel
Author(s): John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
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October 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Stoner
Author(s): John Edward Williams
Publisher: Emons Edizioni
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September 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Stoner
Author(s): John Williams
Publisher: Der Audio Verlag
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July 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Stoner
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 1-4417-4830-X / 978-1-4417-4830-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Stoner
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ISBN: 1-4417-4831-8 / 978-1-4417-4831-7 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Stoner
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 1-4417-4827-X / 978-1-4417-4827-0 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Stoner (Library Edition)
Author(s): John Williams
ISBN: 1-4417-4828-8 / 978-1-4417-4828-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Stoner
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): John Williams
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Stoner (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): John Williams
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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