First edition of Stoner by John Williams, inscribed to fellow author, Gordon Weaver.
Octavo, , 278pp. Brown paper boards over yellow cloth. Title stamped in black on spine. First printing statement on copyright page. Solid text block, faint toning to leaves, free of any marks, dust along top edge of text block. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $4.95 on front flap, chipping to top edge of spine, toning to spine, closed tear to rear hinge, a scarce example in very good condition. Cover art by Ellen Raskin.
This copy is inscribed on the front free endpaper: “For Gordon Weaver, who will get more than a stone – with warm regards, John Williams. Denver, 1976.” From the estate of Gordon Weaver in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The recipient of this book, Gordon Weaver (1937-2021) received his Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1970, where Professor John Williams was the director of the creative-writing program. The first printing of Stoner, published in 1965, was met with positive critical reviews but limited commercial success, selling less than 2000 copies. It was reissued as a mass-market paperback in 1972 and has enjoyed numerous printings since. 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.