- Publisher: Scribner Book Company
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 15mm | 91g
- Publication date: 7 October 2003
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0743253973
- ISBN 13: 9780743253970
- Edition statement: Scribner Trade.
- Sales rank: 16,934
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.
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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.
"National Review" A masterpiece.