John Knowles's a Separate Peace

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Harold Bloom
Facts On File, Incorporated, Feb 1, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 162 pages
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In this classic tale, a young man comes of age at a northern boarding school amidst the backdrop of World War II. Knowles's protagonist looks back at the time he spent at the academy, a transitional period between childhood and adulthood when he struggled to define himself as well as to establish and assert his place in the world. This study guide to A Separate Peace is complemented by an introduction from literary scholar Harold Bloom, an annotated bibliography, and interpretive essays about the work.

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Harold Bloom, July 11, 1930 - Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The King James Bible: A Literary Appreciation.

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