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|Galsworthy is a Forsyte
Written by Golda
(9/20/2004 3:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The surface, penned by Myretta
The Introduction in the Oxford edition as well as the short bio I read on Galsworthy both mention that Galsworthy was writing about his own class. He was an insider but mocking them as if an outsider at the same time.
For his time, Galsworthy was a rebel. He was a solicitor by training but he didn't like it. It wasn't until his father died that he began his career as a writer, encouraged by his wife (with whom he had a 10 year affair before they could marry). Ada encouraged him to write because it would expand their social horizons. It occurs to me now -- perhaps she was the social climber. I didn't read much about her.
I think the story gets more interesting as we read on. The early chapters introduce the characters and, if you will, their somewhat rigid lifestyle.
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