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A Separate Peace. By John Knowles (1926-2001) Book Published: 1959. Setting. Devon, private boarding school New Hampshire, Atlantic Coast During WWII, happens in 1942. FYI. WWII was from 1939-1945 Axis- Italy, Germany Allies- France, Britain, China, Soviet Union, and U.S.

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a separate peace
A Separate Peace
  • By John Knowles (1926-2001)
  • Book Published: 1959
setting
Setting
  • Devon, private boarding school
  • New Hampshire, Atlantic Coast
  • During WWII, happens in 1942
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FYI
  • WWII was from 1939-1945
  • Axis- Italy, Germany
  • Allies- France, Britain, China, Soviet Union, and U.S.
  • Devon is based on the real Phillips Exeter Academy where Knowles attended school in the 1940’s.
  • 1940– U.S. Gov. instituted the first peacetime draft in nation’s history ( men 21-35 required for military service)
characters
Characters
  • Gene Forester: protagonist, somewhat cynical of Finny
  • Phineas (Finny)- nonconformist– challenges school rules and tradition… organizes Super Suicide Society of the summer session. Great athlete.
  • Brinker Hadley- an elitist student leader, somewhat jealous of Finny
  • Edward Lepellier- isolationist that is ridiculed by peers, later enlists in the paratroopers
themes to look for
Themes to look for…
  • Jealousy
  • Irresponsibility
  • Denial
  • Insecurity
  • Guilt
about the author
About the Author
  • John Knowles (1926- )
  • *Born in West Virginia
  • *At 15, attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire 
  • *Served briefly in the armed services 
john knowles continued
John Knowles…continued
  • *1949-graduated from Yale

 *won the William Faulkner Foundation Award

 *1981-writes a sequel to A Separate Peace

  • *He wrote other novels, but none of his other works were nearly as popular/successful
knowles
Knowles…
  • *He usually does not give any interviews, but communicates in his writing (like Harper Lee)
  • *A Separate Peace started as a short story, but developed into a novel. 
  • *It is a coming of age novel about the lessons learned growing up