Recommended by Simon Winchester, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #3 in Academia, Ranked #8 in Lonelinesssee more rankings.

William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within... more

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Simon Winchester It is a story of intellectual determination and the ability of a man to find love simply in what he does. It is a book about love of learning. (Source)

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