“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
Item Number: 33043
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Stella Hershan with best wishes- John Williams Bread Loaf, VT Aug. 23, 1969.” Fine in a excellent dust jacket some small closed tears and wear. Dust jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Examples of Stoner are 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).