Gr 10 Up-Bryant has put together an eminently readable and fascinating collection of primary-source materials, interviews, essays, and literary analysis to help readers better understand John Knowles's novel and the context of the time in which it takes place. A variety of topics are explored, including a literary analysis of the novel; prep schools of the period; becoming a soldier in World War II; and actual combat and issues contemporary to our time, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and hazing. The primary-source materials used in the examination of the war will be valuable not only to those studying the novel, but also to those studying the history and social conditions in the U.S. in the early 1940s. Each source is tied to the novel in an introductory paragraph, so the author consistently keeps the focus on the culture of A Separate Peace. Also included are several articles by Knowles and interviews with the author, elucidating his characters, his experiences at a male prep school, and the use of war references throughout the novel. Students studying the book will find this work valuable, but don't discount its use for World War II buffs and those interested in learning more about this period in our history.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.