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Written by Golda
(9/19/2004 7:52 a.m.)
“The Man of Property” (TMoP) is the first book of nine. John Galsworthy wrote several books before TMoP, but this was his first commercial and critical success. Over his career, Galsworthy wrote numerous novels, short stories and plays, but he is most famous for The Forsyte Saga.
TMoP was published in 1906. It took 12 years before Galsworthy returned to the Forsytes and began work on “In Chancery”, published in 1920. He published “To Let” in 1921 and the three books were then published in one volume as “The Forsyte Saga” in 1922. Galsworthy wrote three more books and two interludes which were published throughout the 1920s, “The White Monkey”, “The Silver Spoon” and “Swan Song”. They were published as one volume, “A Modern Comedy” in 1929. The last three books, “Maid in Waiting”, “Flowering Wilderness” and “Over the River” were published between 1931 and 1934. The last book in the trilogy, “The End of the Chapter” was published posthumously in 1934; Galsworthy died in January 1933.
Galsworthy was born into a wealthy family and did not need to work. He attended Harrow and Oxford. He was popular and a better athlete than intellectual. He was called to the Bar in 1890 but to use a modern expression, he wasn’t into it. He preferred writing, and as we know today, it was a good choice.
Source: The Forsyte Saga – The Official Companion by Rupert Smith, 2002
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