|Dewey Decimal||813/.54 22|
|LC Classification||PS3545.I5286 S7 2003|
The central character is an undistinguished English professor, William Stoner, who pursues a largely uneventful career at a drab Midwestern university. Neither Stoner's wife, nor his colleagues, nor his students think much of him. In a 2007 review of the recently reissued work, Morris Dickstein wrote that Stoner is "a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving that it takes your breath away."
In 2013 it was named Waterstones Book of the Year.
- "The Inner Lives of Men," by Morris Dickstein New York Times June 17, 2007 
- "Stoner by John Williams awarded Waterstones book prize". BBC. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Discussion of "Stoner" and the techniques of literary realism
- Comment on the Italian version of the novel
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