London: Secker & Warburg, 1959. First edition. Preceding the US edition. A lovely, Fine copy in like dust jacket. Jacket retaining the 15s. net price on the front flap. Exceptionally clean and bright.
Knowles drew on his own experiences at a New England boarding school in order to write this haunting story about the friendship between Gene and Finny. Effectively polar opposites and yet fiercely devoted to each other, Gene and Finny develop a rivalry that sustains each of them. Gene especially tries to emulate Finny's positive qualities to make himself better. But their friendship takes a dark turn as a result of a rash decision that Gene makes while the two are perched on a tree branch. The fallout and ensuing tragedy haunts Gene for the rest of his life. A Separate Peace is a stirring meditation on adolescence, masculinity, guilt, and friendship. Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #5335)