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 […]

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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...

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. John Williams was born on August 29 1922 in Clarksville Texas. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945 in China Burma and India. The Swallow Press published his first novel Nothing But the Night in 1948 as well as his first book of poems The Broken Landscape in 1949. Macmillan published Williams’ second novel Butcher’s Crossing in 1960. After recieving his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Denver and his Ph.D from the University of Missouri Williams returned in 1954 to the University of Denver where he taught literature and the craft of writing for thirty years. In 1963 Williams received a fellowship to study at Oxford University where where he received a Rockefeller grant enabling him to travel and research in Italy for his last novel Augustus published in 1972. John Williams died in Arkansas on March 4 1994.

Autor: John Williams
Editura: Vintage