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The Resource The man who wrote the perfect novel : John Williams, Stoner, and the writing life, Charles J. Shields

The man who wrote the perfect novel : John Williams, Stoner, and the writing life, Charles J. Shields

Label
The man who wrote the perfect novel : John Williams, Stoner, and the writing life
Title
The man who wrote the perfect novel
Title remainder
John Williams, Stoner, and the writing life
Statement of responsibility
Charles J. Shields
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Stoner was published in 1965, the novel sold only a couple of thousand copies before disappearing with hardly a trace. Yet John Williams's quietly powerful tale of a Midwestern college professor, William Stoner, whose life becomes a parable of solitude and anguish eventually found an admiring audience in America and especially in Europe. The New York Times called Stoner "a perfect novel," and a host of writers and critics, including Colum McCann, Julian Barnes, Bret Easton Ellis, Ian McEwan, Emma Straub, Ruth Rendell, C. P. Snow, and Irving Howe, praised its artistry. The New Yorker deemed it "a masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man." The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel traces the life of Stoner's author, John Williams. Acclaimed biographer Charles J. Shields follows the whole arc of Williams's life, which in many ways paralleled that of his titular character, from their shared working-class backgrounds to their undistinguished careers in the halls of academia. Shields vividly recounts Williams's development as an author, whose other works include the novels Butcher's Crossing and Augustus (for the latter, Williams shared the 1972 National Book Award). Shields also reveals the astonishing afterlife of Stoner, which garnered new fans with each American reissue, and then became a bestseller all over Europe after Dutch publisher Lebowski brought out a translation in 2013. Since then, Stoner has been published in twenty-one countries and has sold over a million copies
Pace
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10736927
Cataloging source
TxU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shields, Charles J.
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3545.I5286
LC item number
Z86 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Williams, John
  • Williams, John
  • Williams, John
  • Authors, American
  • Authors, American
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures
  • Williams, John
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
John Williams, Stoner, and the writing life
Label
The man who wrote the perfect novel : John Williams, Stoner, and the writing life, Charles J. Shields
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. Nothing But the Night -- He comes from Texas -- "Ho, ho! wasn't I the character then?" -- Rough draft -- Key West -- Alan swallow -- Love -- Part 2. Butcher's Crossing -- The Winters Circle -- "Natural liars are the best writers" -- Butcher's Crossing -- Fiasco -- Part. 3. Stoner -- "It was that kind of world" -- "The Williams affair" -- Stoner -- Part 4. Augustus -- Bread loaf and "up on the hill" -- The good guys -- "Long life to the emperor!" -- Part 5. The Sleep of Reason -- Poem : "An old actor to his audience" -- "How can such a son of a bitch have such talent?" -- In extremis -- Epilogue. John Williams redux
Control code
on1029771252
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First English-language edition.
Extent
xii, 305 pages
Isbn
9781477317365
Lccn
2018012653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1029771252
Label
The man who wrote the perfect novel : John Williams, Stoner, and the writing life, Charles J. Shields
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. Nothing But the Night -- He comes from Texas -- "Ho, ho! wasn't I the character then?" -- Rough draft -- Key West -- Alan swallow -- Love -- Part 2. Butcher's Crossing -- The Winters Circle -- "Natural liars are the best writers" -- Butcher's Crossing -- Fiasco -- Part. 3. Stoner -- "It was that kind of world" -- "The Williams affair" -- Stoner -- Part 4. Augustus -- Bread loaf and "up on the hill" -- The good guys -- "Long life to the emperor!" -- Part 5. The Sleep of Reason -- Poem : "An old actor to his audience" -- "How can such a son of a bitch have such talent?" -- In extremis -- Epilogue. John Williams redux
Control code
on1029771252
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First English-language edition.
Extent
xii, 305 pages
Isbn
9781477317365
Lccn
2018012653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1029771252

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