A Separate Peace

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One Hit Wonder John Knowles is an American author who wrote a scarce amount of novels and only one novel truthfully reflected Knowles’s exceptional writing aptitudes. His famous novel, A Separate Peace, is constructed on the events he experienced independently. Repeatedly, he was inquired how he could manage his reputation established on a single book. Knowles once replied, “It’s paid the bills for 30 years. It has made my career possible. Unlike most writers, I don’t have to do anything else to make a living” (Honan 2). The novels of John Knowles reflect his boarding school and military experiences and explore the 1940s when people fought with multiple hardships which inspires readers to persevere. The novels John Knowles wrote refer to…show more content…
He was born in Fairmont, West Virginia and grew up with two sisters and a brother (Honan 1). John Knowles was very fortunate because he grew up in a successful and prosperous family (Smith 1). When he was fifteen, Knowles attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Patrick S. Smith wrote, “His few years there were, in his words, ‘more crucial in my life than in the lives of most of the members of my class, and conceivably, than in the lives of almost anyone else who ever attended the school’” (Smith 1). Knowles traveled around the world according to where his current job was located. After Knowles graduated, he moved around numerous times. His last job was in Fort Lauderdale; where he taught a creative writing class and a short illness took his life at age seventy five. The 1940s was a challenging time period to overcome and endure. Life was puzzling to the young adolescence and frightening to the adults in the 1940s. World War II majorly affected Knowles’s young adult discovery in high school and challenged him to look at the world in a new…show more content…
John Knowles’s most famous novels are A Separate Peace and Peace Breaks Out. A Separate Peace is about two young boys in a boarding school discovering more about themselves and the world during World War II (John 1). Peace Breaks Out is the sequel to A Separate Peace placed at the same boarding school; however, it is five years later with a group of school boys entering war. John Knowles’s first novel conveys that he was a very talented writer. In A Separate Peace Knowles wrote, “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” (Knowles 186). This is Knowles’s most famous novel because readers have a chance to relate and learn from the novel’s meaning and significant life lessons that are relevant to the reader’s lives. Knowles won many awards including the Rosenthal Foundation award, Faulkner Foundation award, and National Association of Independent Schools award (Honan 1). Although John Knowles is a very skillful writer, “Every novel but his first suffers from one fundamental defect--the characters are not plausible. There is not a single memorable character in his fiction and only two male characters…that stay in our memory.”(John 2). John Knowles is most commonly known for A Separate Peace because his other writing works do not compare

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