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A Separate Peace

John Knowles


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/30/2003)
Compact Disc (9/29/2006)
Prebound (9/1/2003)
Compact Disc (4/30/2010)
Prebound (5/1/2016)
Mass Market Paperback (1/1/1985)
Audio Cassette, Abridged, Abridged (5/1/1987)


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.

Scribner, 9780684833668, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1996

About the Author

John Knowles, who died in 2001, was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, as well as a recipient of the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.