Reviewed live on bookshow by Corinna Christopher 27th March 2014. This was her review:
William Stoner was born in 1891 on a small farm in Missouri. Persuaded to take an Agricultural course at the local University he was conscientious receiving average grades after 1 year. He was introduced to English literature and in his second year changed courses to Philosophy, History and Literature. Initially he had no friends and lived in his books learning Greek and Latin as well.
He was in due course persuaded to carry on at the University and become a teacher there. He developed a friendship with Gordon Finch and David Masters but when his two friends decided to enlist for the war Stoner stayed on and eventually obtained his doctorate. Sadly Masters was killed.