John Knowles

John Knowles was an American novelist best known for his novel 'A Separate Peace', a coming-of-age story set during World War II at a boys' boarding school. The novel explores themes of friendship, rivalry, and the loss of innocence. Knowles was born on September 16, 1926, in Fairmont, West Virginia, and passed away on November 29, 2001. His work often delves into the complexities of youth and the transition into adulthood.


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  1. 1. A Separate Peace

    Set in a New England boarding school during World War II, this novel explores the tumultuous friendship between two boys, a charismatic and daring athlete and his introverted, intellectual roommate. The story delves into themes of envy, identity, and the loss of innocence, culminating in a tragic accident that forever changes their lives. The backdrop of the war adds a layer of tension and urgency, reflecting the inner turmoil of the protagonists.