Shelf Awareness tells us (back on September 24th) of the imminent arrival of a 50th anniversary hardback edition of this publishing phenomenon.

Stoner50thAnniversary_1024x1024“This November, New York Review Books will release a hardcover 50th anniversary edition of John Williams’s classic novel Stoner. Originally published in 1965, Stoner did not become a success until more than a decade after the author’s death in 1994. It was all-but-forgotten in the United States until bookseller John Doyle, of Crawford Doyle Booksellers in New York City, recommended the novel as something of a lost masterpiece to an editor at NYRB. The NYRB Classics edition, published in 2006, went on to become a commercial hit and garnered a huge amount of critical praise. Included in this new edition will be a collection of letters between Williams and his agent Marie Rodell about the novel and his difficulties in finding a publisher. The 50th anniversary edition of Stoner is out November 3.” 

The 50th anniversary edition will be priced at $19.95. The yellow strip shown above is a belly band. Consequent upon the NYRB publication the novel has been translated into Albanian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish. In several of these translations it became a bestseller. An unexpected result of the translations was a up-tick in sales of the English-language edition in the countries in question.

The NYRB website contains yet more enthusiastic quotes.

My review of the paperback edition may be found here.