Cold Reality: Revisions of War in John Knowles’ ‘Phineas’ and A Separate Peace

Both John Knowles’s short story “Phineas” and his novel A Separate Peace are bisected by the same incident: the shattering of the schoolboy athlete Phineas’s leg during a summer war game where narrator Gene “jounce[s] the limb” of a tree from which the two boys are about to jump (ASP 60; “Phineas” 363). Published in … Continue reading Cold Reality: Revisions of War in John Knowles’ ‘Phineas’ and A Separate Peace