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John Knowles

(1926—2001)


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(1926–2001),

West Virginia-born author, educated at Yale, whose novels include A Separate Peace (1960), reminiscences of the unhappy experiences of boys at a New England boarding school; Morning in Antibes (1962), depicting Americans on the French Riviera; Indian Summer (1966), presenting the uneasy relations of two men; The Paragon (1971), a portrait of a brilliant, iconoclastic college student during the Korean War; Spreading Fires (1974), a psychological thriller set in the south of France; A Vein of Riches (1979), about the waning fortunes of a West Virginia family made rich by coal mining; Peace Breaks Out (1980), a sequel to his first novel, treating malevolence that leads to murder at a boys' boarding school; and A Stolen Past (1983), a reminiscent tale of college friendships. Phineas (1968) collects stories, and Double Vision (1964) is a travel book.

Subjects: Literature.


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