|A Separate Peace
The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in A Separate Peace and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's
Literature Connections series.
"Into My Heart an Air That Kills" by A.E. Housman
Summary: In this poem, the speaker looks back on his younger days with
Excerpt from Growing Up by Russell Baker, ©1982
Summary: This excerpt from Baker's humorous and poignant autobiography
describes events leading up to his enlistment in the Navy Air Corps
during World War II.
"The Sonnet-Ballad" by Gwendolyn Brooks
(from Blacks, © 1991)
Summary: In this poem, the speaker laments over a lover who has been
seduced by war.
"Sucker" by Carson McCullers
(from The Mortgaged Heart, © 1940)
Summary: This story portrays the psychological conflict that develops
between a boy and his first cousin.
"Destiny/Destino" by Rosario Castellanos
(from The Selected Poems of Rosario Castellanos, © 1988)
Summary:This intriguing poem is about the relationship between love
"A Turn with the Sun" by John Knowles
(from Phineas, © 1968)
Summary: In this short story, Knowles portrays a Southern boy who meets
a tragic end at the Devon School.
"Initiation" by Sylvia Plath
(from Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, © 1952)
Summary: In this short story a spirited girl rebels against a sorority's
"Alba" by Derek Walcott, © 1997
Summary: This poem is about the beauty of dawn.