A Separate Peace

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A Separate Peace

By John Knowles

Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9780684833668, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1996

An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, "A Separate Peace" is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war.
Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, "A Separate Peace" is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.
A bestseller for more than thirty years, "A Separate Peace" is John Knowles's crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.

About the Author
Knowles is a graduate of Phillips Exeter and Yale. He is the winner of the William Faulkner Award and The Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.