A twentieth-century American author, he is best known for his 1959 novel, A Separate Peace. He won both the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
He graduated from Yale University in 1949. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Forces.
His novel, A Separate Peace, was based on his experience as a student at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy.
When he was nineteen years old, he married Beth Anne Dyment Hughes.
He was a recipient of the William Faulkner Award.