Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 6

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John knowles

BORN: September 16, 1926, Fairmont, West Virginia

DIED: November 29, 2001, near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

IDENTIFICATION: American novelist best known for his poignant young-adult novels set at a New England high school in the years during and after World War II.

John Knowles is acclaimed for his works about friendship during conflict and war, which convey a nostalgia for the pre-World War 11 era. He examines the impact of that war upon American society, and particularly upon the emotions and ambitions of high school boys and young men, in his first published novel, A Separate Peace (1959), a companion novel, Peace Breaks Out (1981), and two other novels, Indian Summer (1966) and The Paragon (1971). A Separate Peace is a study of betrayal, tragedy, and the loss of innocence at a boys' high school. His most important work, it has not gone out of print since its publication and has remained a popular reading assignment among high school students.

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  • Langston Hughes 725
  • Zora Neale Hurston 745
  • John Irving 763
  • Robinson Jeffers 783
  • John Knowles 803
  • Margaret Laurence 819
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