William Gardner Smith's fourth and last novel,The Stone Face
, was published by Farrar, Straus and Company in 1963. At this point Smith had been expatriated from the United States for over 12 years and was earning his living as a journalist for the French news service Agence France Press in Paris.The Stone Face
was not a commercial success, but it received a number of favorable reviews in its time. In recent years, the novel has been lauded for its courageous engagement with the Algerian question in France, and for its historically accurate depiction of the notorious massacre of Algerians in Paris on October 17, 1961.
Set in the Paris of the early 1960s and grounded in both Smith's personal experience and careful journalistic research, The Stone Face tells the story of the African
Citation: Weik von Mossner, Alexa. "The Stone Face". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 April 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=26241, accessed 03 March 2024.]