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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 painful nostalgia.

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 and violence.

"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 initiation ritual

"Alba" by Derek Walcott, © 1997
Summary: This poem is about the beauty of dawn.