First American edition, in the more common second-issue dust jacket featuring blurbs of acclaim from the likes of E.M. Forster and Truman Capote.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
A SEPARATE PEACE
"When you played a game you won, in the same way as when you sat down to a meal you ate it. It naturally and inevitably followed. Finney never permitted himself to realize that when you won, they lost."
A beautiful copy of Knowles's classic of an uneasy coming-of-age, set at a boys' boarding school among the desperately carefree 16-year-olds of 1942: too young, still, to be drafted into the war outside; too old to evade the responsibilities and consequences that follow from the breaking of their fraught and fragile private bonds. The book that set E.M. Forster off "thinking of the Philoctetes of Sophocles," in a line which stands out even amidst the crowded field of superlatives offered by English and American reviewers overcome by the novel's "exceptional power and distinction" (The Times). The first-issue jacket is significantly rarer, found primarily on review copies.
New York: The MacMillan Company, 1960. 8'' x 5.5''. Original blue-grey cloth. In original price-clipped second-issue dust jacket. , 186 pages. Boards lightly sunned along upper edges; minor bumping to spine ends. Jacket shows light creasing to spine ends, with minor soil to panels.
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