“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: 5480

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 half-title page, “Happy Birthday to Jason from Sheila and the author- John Williams.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some light toning to the spine and a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

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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