Nobel Prize in Literature-1932
in its citation stated that the prize was given for
"his distinguished art of narration
which takes its highest form in 'The Forsyte Saga' "
Born: 14/08/1867 in Kingston Hill, Surrey,
Died: 31/01/1933 in Grove Lodge,
Hampstead, England of brain tumor.
Galsworthy was a Novelist and playwright of
distinction. His works mostly depict the social and psychological
strife of upper middle class in particular. Their insular, snobbish
and acquisitive attitude and suffocating moral codes are highlighted
through various characters. He is famous for the trilogy of The
Forsyte Saga where he challenged the moral code of Victorian England.
The Man of Property was the first of the trilogy. Like Bernard
Shaw, his plays addressed the class system.
He was born in a reputed and affluent
family. His father was a solicitor. Galsworthy studied in Harrow & New
College, Oxford and joined bar in 1890. He was not keen to practice
law and wanted to look after the shipping business of the family
Though he wanted to be a lawyer specializing in Marine Law, fate had
other things for him. He was gradually drawn to writing. His first
book, From the Four Winds(1897) was a collection of short
stories. Then Jocelyn followed. But his fame was due to
the Four Winds
Summer of a Forsyte (1910),
To Let(1921), The White Monkey (1924),
The Silver Spoon
The Dark Flower
The Skin Game
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