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At age 28, after a gentlemanly education at Harrow and Oxford, and a training at law, Galsworthy settled into simultaneous careers as a novelist and a playwright. The Silver Box, Galsworthy's first successful drama, was staged in 1906, the year he published the first volume of what was to become The Forsyte Saga. His one-word titles - Justice (1910), Strife (1909), Loyalties (1922)---suggest the nature of Galsworthy's artistic ambition: to generalize a social indictment, keeping faith with the objective methods of naturalism. In each, Galsworthy favors an austere irony and unresolvable situations, and balanced moral positions are displayed in the cabinetwork of "well-made" playwrighting. Reputed to have led to reforms in its time, his realism today seems contrived to produce aesthetic distance and a sense of resignation that is precisely what contemporary political dramatists strain hardest to avoid. Not surprisingly, critics have come away from revivals with the sense that (especially in his spare language) Galsworthy anticipates Harold Pinter rather than more socially engaged playwrights. Galsworthy wrote novels and plays alternately throughout his life. His masterwork, The Forsyte Saga, begun in 1906 and finished in 1928, and consisting of six separate novels and two linking interludes, is the most famous example of the sequence novel in English literature. It is a study of the property sense, the possessive spirit, in different individuals and generations of English middle-class society. He also completed a second trilogy dealing with the Forsyte family, called A Modern Comedy (1928). His last trilogy, a study of the Charwell family, is called End of the Chapter (1933). Galsworthy's later years brought him many honors, including the presidency of P.E.N. and honorary degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, and several other universities. After World War I, he was offered a knighthood, which he refused. He did, however, accept the Order of Merit in 1929, and in 1932 he was awarded the Nobel Prize. He was, however, too ill to attend the Nobel ceremony and died within two months of receiving the award. Although his posthumous reputation had waned, the centenary of his death, in 1967, brought a re-creation of The Forsyte Saga on British and American television in serial form. Interest in him skyrocketed, and the Forsyte novels again became bestsellers. With new popularity came fresh critical analysis. Pamela Hansford Johnson called The Forsyte Saga "a work of profound social insight and patchy psychological insight" (N.Y. Times). His critical writings include The Inn of Tranquility: Studies and Essays (1911) and Author and Critic. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Forsyte Saga… (more)
The Forsyte Saga 2,452 copies, 41 reviews
The Man of Property 1,007 copies, 20 reviews
In Chancery 507 copies, 11 reviews
To Let 469 copies, 12 reviews
A Modern Comedy 459 copies, 2 reviews
Swan Song 334 copies, 8 reviews
The White Monkey 316 copies, 11 reviews
End of the Chapter 308 copies, 2 reviews
The Silver Spoon 280 copies, 7 reviews
Maid In Waiting 215 copies, 8 reviews
Flowering Wilderness 201 copies, 7 reviews
Over The River 187 copies, 5 reviews
On Forsyte 'Change 129 copies, 3 reviews
The Dark Flower 82 copies, 2 reviews
The Patrician 81 copies
Caravan 69 copies
Beyond 64 copies, 2 reviews
Fraternity 53 copies, 2 reviews
The Island Pharisees 53 copies, 1 review
Strife 37 copies
The Apple Tree 36 copies, 1 review
Indian Summer of a Forsyte 34 copies, 3 reviews
Five Tales 33 copies
Villa Rubein 32 copies
Awakening 32 copies, 3 reviews
Two Forsyte Interludes 29 copies, 2 reviews
The Freelands 29 copies
Plays 28 copies
Justice 26 copies
Loyalties 24 copies
The Silver Box 23 copies
The Mob 19 copies
The Skin Game 18 copies
Jocelyn 18 copies
The Pigeon 16 copies
The Fugitive 16 copies
Escape 15 copies
The Little Man 13 copies
Exiled 12 copies
Six Short Plays 11 copies
Captures 11 copies
A Family Man 10 copies
The Roof 10 copies
Thr Eldest Son 10 copies
Windows 10 copies
Joy 9 copies
Another sheaf 8 copies
A Motley 6 copies
A Sheaf 6 copies
Ex Libris John Galsworthy 5 copies, 1 review
Candelabra 5 copies
Old English 5 copies
A commentary 4 copies
Memories 4 copies
Passers By 4 copies, 1 review
Stoik 4 copies, 1 review
The Show 4 copies
A Silent Wooing 3 copies, 1 review
Defeat 3 copies
Hall-Marked 3 copies
The Forest 3 copies
Punch and Go 3 copies
The Sun 3 copies
Ancella 1 copy
Timber 1 copy, 1 review
Opere 1 copy
Dincolo 1 copy
Bambi: A Life in the Woods (Foreword, some editions) 2,402 copies, 51 reviews
Green Mansions (Foreword, some editions) 1,680 copies, 26 reviews
Trader Horn (Foreword, some editions) 113 copies, 2 reviews
Sixteen Famous British Plays (Contributor) 108 copies, 1 review
Thirty Famous One-Act Plays (Contributor) 106 copies, 2 reviews
The Scribner Treasury: 22 Classic Tales (Contributor) 95 copies, 1 review
More Stories to Remember, Volume II (Contributor) 93 copies, 1 review
Laurel British Drama: The Twentieth Century (Contributor, some editions) 84 copies
Traveller's Library (Contributor) 67 copies, 1 review
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (Contributor) 60 copies, 1 review
Reading for Pleasure (Contributor) 49 copies
Masters of the Modern Short Story (Contributor) 44 copies
The Spanish Farm (Preface, some editions) 43 copies, 2 reviews
The Lucifer Society (Contributor) 39 copies, 1 review
A Quarto of Modern Literature (Contributor) 38 copies
The Forsythe Saga [1967 TV mini series] (Original Novels / Interludes) 36 copies, 1 review
Forsyte Saga: The Complete Series (Original book) 35 copies
Studies in Fiction (Contributor) 22 copies, 1 review
Trader Horn: the Ivory Coast in the earlies (Foreword, some editions) 22 copies
Cuentos de amor victorianos (Contributor) 20 copies
Great English Short Stories (Contributor) 20 copies, 1 review
Murder at the Races (Contributor) 19 copies
Love Stories (Contributor) 18 copies
Great Short Novels of the World (Contributor) 14 copies
Fiction Goes to Court (Contributor) 8 copies
The Story Survey (Contributor) 6 copies
Thirteen Short Stories (Contributor) 5 copies
An introduction to drama (Contributor) 5 copies
The Anthology of Love and Romance (Contributor) 4 copies
Johan Bojer, the man and his works (Contributor, some editions) 2 copies
Best Legal Stories (Contributor) 1 copy
Best Crime Stories 3 (Contributor) 1 copy
50 seltsame Geschichten (Contributor) 1 copy
Rosemary (Contributor) 1 copy
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