This special edition of John Williams’s internationally best-selling novel celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its publication in 1965. “A marvelous discovery for everyone who loves literature.” — Ian McEwan
Williams’s biographical treatment of the founder of the Roman Empire won him the National Book Award and reveals him to be as transformative a writer of historical novels as he is of westerns (in Butcher’s Crossing) and the campus drama (in Stoner).
The author of Stoner dismantles the myth of the making of the American West in this tale of a Harvard dropout who seeks adventure hunting one of the last great buffalo herds, but ends up losing his innocence.
John Williams’s Stoner is something rarer than a great novel — it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away. — Morris Dickstein, The New York Times Book Review