From Publishers Weekly
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A masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man.--New Yorker
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
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, author of Tin House
Serious, beautiful and affecting, what makes Stoner</i. so impressive is the contained intensity the author and character share.--New Republic
An exquisite study, bleak as Hopper, of a hopelessly honest academic at a meretricious Midwestern university. I had not known. . . .that the kind of unsparing portrait of failed marriage shown in Stoner existed before John Cheever.--Los Angeles Times
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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.