Knowles, John, 1926–2001, American writer, b. Fairmont, W. Va., grad. Yale, 1949. He is best known for his semiautobiographical first novel, A Separate Peace (1960), a coming-of-age story about a boy in a New England prep school during World War II. A sequel, Peace Breaks Out, appeared in 1981. His other novels include Morning in Antibes (1962), The Paragon (1971), Spreading Fires (1974), and A Vein of Riches (1979).
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