"WHO WILL GET MORE THAN A STONE": RARE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF JOHN WILLIAMS' STONER—"THE GREATEST NOVEL YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF"—INSCRIBED BY HIM TO FELLOW AUTHOR GORDON WEAVER
WILLIAMS, John. Stoner. New York: Viking, (1965). Octavo, original half yellow cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of Williams' long-neglected masterpiece, an excellent presentation/association copy inscribed by him on the front free endpaper to a fellow novelist and short story writer: "For Gordon Weaver, who will get more than a stone—with warm regards, John Williams, Denver, 1976."
Famously dubbed "the greatest novel you've never heard of" by the New Yorker, Williams' critically praised novel "offers an overview of a whole life, unfurling the existence of one William Stoner from his birth in the late 19th-century to his death in the mid-20th… a fleeting glimpse of eternity from within the purview of the everyday" (McKenna, Art, Literature and Culture, 190-96). Stoner achieved a cult following that finally blossomed into unlikely bestseller status in a number of countries after its reissue (2006) and translation into French. Blumhouse Productions announced in 2017 that Andrew Bovell would be adapting Stoner into a screenplay for a film directed by Joe Wright and starring Casey Affleck. First edition, first printing: with no statement of edition or printings on the copyright page. Gordon Weaver (1937-2021) received his Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1970, where Williams was Director of the University's creative writing program. Weaver went on to publish four novels and several collections of short stories, and taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. He was the recipient of the O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Award, and two NEA fellowships.
Book fine; shallow chipping to head of slightly toned spine, extremely good.