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 rarely remember him . . .
With truthfulness and compassion, 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.
‘It’s the most marvellous discovery for everyone who loves literature.’ Ian McEwan
‘The greatest novel you’ve never read’ Sunday Times
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