John Knowles (1926-2001) attended Yale University and Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. A Separate Peace, his first novel, was published in 1959 and made into a film in 1972. Showtime remade it as a television movie again in 2004. He published seven novels, a travel book, and a collection of short tales. He received the National Institute of Arts and Letters' William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award.