John Knowles A Separate Peace

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John Knowles was born on Sept. 16, 1926, in Fairmont, West Virginia.
He left home at the age of 16 to attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a New Hampshire boarding school. Knowles graduated from Phillips Exeter in 1945, then spent eight months in the U.S. Army Air Force's Aviation Cadet Program. He enrolled in Yale University, completing a bachelor's degree in 1949.
Knowles worked as a reporter and drama critic for The Hartford Courant for a few years and then served as associate editor of Holiday, the travel magazine, from 1956 to 1960. He was also a freelance writer.
His first published novel, A Separate Peace, was published in 1959 in England and a year later in the United States. He had sent A Separate Peace to American publishers, but they

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