Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Out of Print--Limited Availability.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image


4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139 customer reviews

See all 24 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

"Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing"
Don't miss a collection of tales of modern-day womanhood by best-selling author Jennifer Wiener. Learn more | More by Jennifer Weiner
Out of Print--Limited Availability.
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This reprint of Williams's remarkable 1965 novel offers a window on early 20th century higher education in addition to its rich characterizations and seamless prose. Sent by his hard-scrabble farmer father to the University of Missouri to study agriculture, William Stoner is sidetracked by an obsessive love of literature and stimulated by a curmudgeonly old professor, Archer Sloane. Sloane helps Stoner avoid service in WWI, and Stoner eventually becomes an assistant professor. He then meets and marries a St. Louis beauty, Edith, who quickly subjugates her contemplative, passive husband. As decades pass, Stoner entrenches himself deep into the life of the mind, developing into a master teacher but never finding solace in the outside world. Stoner's single joy is Grace, their daughter, whom Edith appropriates as a weapon in her very personal war against Stoner's quest for inner peace. Williams (1922–1994) won the NBA for Augustus (1973), and NYRB will republish his western, Butch's Crossing next year. Williams's prose flows in a smooth, efficient current that demands contemplation. (July)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


A perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, it takes your breath away.--New York Times Book Review

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.

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (April 23, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067067124X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670671243
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 20 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,898,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

on July 1, 2007
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
88 comments| 330 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on July 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
77 comments| 311 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on March 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
22 comments| 116 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
VINE VOICEon August 5, 2007
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 98 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?