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Stoner

A discussion of Stoner by John Williams

7:00pm, Wednesday 4 June 2014, London

This is a brilliant novel about 20th century life in the academy.

William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father’s farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely.

Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.

SPEAKER(S)

Tiffany Jenkins will introduce

READINGS

Stoner, John Williams,Vintage Classics