“In the University library he wandered through the stacks, among the thousands of books, inhaling the musty odor of leather, cloth, and drying page as if it were an exotic incense": First Edition of Stoner; Inscribed by John Williams

  • Stoner.



Item Number: 33043

New York: The Viking Press, 1965.

First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Stella Hershan with best wishes- John Williams Bread Loaf, VT Aug. 23, 1969.” The recipient was a student of Williams at Bread Loaf. Fine in an excellent dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example, uncommon signed and inscribed.

John Williams’s luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world. “One of the great unheralded 20th-century American novels …Almost perfect" (Bret Easton Ellis).

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