John Knowles





John Knowles

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born
in Fairmont, West Virginia, The United States
September 16, 1926

died
November 29, 2001

gender
male

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John Knowles (September 16, 1926 - November 29, 2001), b. Fairmont, West Virginia, was an American novelist, best known for his novel A Separate Peace.

A 1945 graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, Knowles graduated from Yale University as a member of the class of 1949W. A Separate Peace is based upon Knowles' experiences at Exeter during the summer of 1943. The setting for The Devon School is a thinly veiled fictionalization of Phillips Exeter. The plot should not be taken as autobiographical, although many elements of the novel stem from personal experience. In his essay, "A Special Time, A Special Place," Knowles wrote:

The only elements in A Separate Peace which were not in that summer were anger, violence, and
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Average rating: 3.54 · 135,894 ratings · 4,629 reviews · 20 distinct works · Similar authors
A Separate Peace
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 134,656 ratings — published 1959 — 68 editions
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Peace Breaks Out
3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 782 ratings — published 1981 — 7 editions
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Phineas
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 137 ratings — published 1968 — 5 editions
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Indian Summer
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 1966
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The Paragon: A Novel
3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 60 ratings2 editions
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A Stolen Past
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 1983 — 2 editions
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Spreading Fires
3.12 of 5 stars 3.12 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1974 — 2 editions
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Morning In Antibes
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1963
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The Private Life of Axie Reed
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1986
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A Vein of Riches
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1978 — 2 editions
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More books by John Knowles…
“There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.”
John Knowles, A Separate Peace

“I felt that I was not, never had been and never would be a living part of this overpoweringly solid and deeply meaningful world around me.”
John Knowles, A Separate Peace

“Nothing endures. Not a tree. Not love. Not even death by violence.”
John Knowles, A Separate Peace

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