New York: The Viking Press, 1965. First Edition. A lovely, Fine copy of the book in a Near Fine dust jacket with only slight fading to the spine panel and one small chip at the crown, a much better copy than typically encountered (copies are generally completely faded at the spine).
Falling within the popular "campus novel" genre, Stoner traces the life and academic career of a farm-boy turned professor at the turn of the century. Though William Stoner's initial passion for the humanities leads him away from his family's farm and into university life, he fails to distuinguish himself as a teacher or scholar. As the novel intermingles Stoner's lackluster writing, his uninspired teaching, and the complexities of department politics with the personal woes resulting from a loveless marriage and a tempestuous affair with a graduate student. Rather than glamourizing campus life, Stoner raises questions about the meaning of the humanities when the people teaching it struggle to grow as humans themselves. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2118)