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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)
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The Forsyte Saga 2,398 copies, 41 reviews
The Man of Property 933 copies, 19 reviews
The Forsyte Saga Volume One 748 copies, 14 reviews
In Chancery 480 copies, 11 reviews
To Let 461 copies, 12 reviews
The Forsyte Saga Volume Two 424 copies, 2 reviews
Swan Song 315 copies, 7 reviews
The White Monkey 303 copies, 10 reviews
The Forsyte Saga: Volume Three 284 copies, 2 reviews
The Silver Spoon 268 copies, 5 reviews
Maid In Waiting 203 copies, 7 reviews
Flowering Wilderness 184 copies, 7 reviews
Over the River 171 copies, 5 reviews
On Forsyte 'Change 122 copies, 4 reviews
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The Patrician 75 copies
Caravan 65 copies
Plays 64 copies
Beyond 57 copies, 2 reviews
Fraternity 50 copies, 2 reviews
The Island Pharisees 45 copies, 1 review
Strife 35 copies
Awakening 33 copies, 3 reviews
The Apple Tree 33 copies, 1 review
Indian Summer of a Forsyte 33 copies, 2 reviews
Five Tales 33 copies
Villa Rubein 28 copies
The Freelands 27 copies
Justice 25 copies
Two Forsyte Interludes 25 copies, 2 reviews
Loyalties 23 copies
The Silver Box 21 copies
The Skin Game 17 copies
The Mob 17 copies
Jocelyn 16 copies
The Fugitive 15 copies
The Pigeon 14 copies
Escape 13 copies
Exiled 12 copies
The Little Man 12 copies
The Roof 10 copies
Captures 9 copies
Windows 9 copies
A Family Man 7 copies
Another sheaf 7 copies
A Motley 6 copies
Joy 6 copies
A Sheaf 6 copies
Old English 5 copies
Ex Libris John Galsworthy 5 copies, 1 review
Candelabra 4 copies
The Show 4 copies
A commentary 4 copies
A Silent Wooing 3 copies, 1 review
Passers By 3 copies, 1 review
The Forest 3 copies
Hall-Marked 3 copies
Defeat 3 copies
The Sun 3 copies
Punch and Go 3 copies
Cvet iabloni 2 copies
A Stoic 2 copies, 1 review
Memories 2 copies
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Memories 1 copy
Dincolo 1 copy
Gjensyn 1 copy
Oppgjør 1 copy
Pharisäer 1 copy
Opere 1 copy
Bambi: A Life in the Woods (Foreword, some editions) 2,142 copies, 47 reviews
Green Mansions (Foreword, some editions; Foreword, some editions) 1,606 copies, 24 reviews
Trader Horn (Foreword, some editions) 117 copies, 1 review
Sixteen Famous British Plays (Contributor) 99 copies, 1 review
Thirty Famous One-Act Plays (Contributor) 98 copies, 2 reviews
More Stories to Remember, Volume II (Contributor) 90 copies, 1 review
The Scribner Treasury: 22 Classic Tales (Contributor) 84 copies, 1 review
Laurel British Drama: The Twentieth Century (Contributor, some editions) 79 copies
Traveller's Library (Contributor) 63 copies, 2 reviews
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (Contributor) 55 copies, 1 review
Reading for Pleasure (Contributor) 47 copies
Masters of the Modern Short Story (Contributor) 40 copies
The Spanish Farm (Preface, some editions) 39 copies, 2 reviews
A Quarto of Modern Literature (Contributor) 36 copies
The Lucifer Society (Contributor) 34 copies, 1 review
The Forsythe Saga [1967 TV mini series] (Original Novels / Interludes) 24 copies, 1 review
Studies in Fiction (Contributor) 22 copies, 1 review
Great English Short Stories (Contributor) 19 copies, 1 review
Love Stories (Contributor) 18 copies
Cuentos de amor victorianos (Contributor) 18 copies
Great Short Novels of the World (Contributor) 13 copies
Fiction Goes to Court (Contributor) 7 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
Rosemary (Contributor) 1 copy
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