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John Galsworthy (1867–1933)

Auteur van De Forsyte Sage

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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 toon meer 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) toon minder
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De Forsyte Sage (1922) 2,497 exemplaren
De Forsyte Sage 1 (1906) 1,037 exemplaren
De Forsyte sage 2 (1920) 520 exemplaren
To Let (1921) 484 exemplaren
Swan Song (1928) 339 exemplaren
The White Monkey (1924) 320 exemplaren
End of the Chapter (1934) 312 exemplaren
The Silver Spoon (1926) 288 exemplaren
Maid In Waiting (1931) 220 exemplaren
Flowering Wilderness (1932) 204 exemplaren
Over The River (1933) 190 exemplaren
On Forsyte 'Change (1930) 132 exemplaren
The Country House (1907) 99 exemplaren
The Dark Flower (1913) 83 exemplaren
The Patrician (1900) 82 exemplaren
Caravan (1633) 72 exemplaren
Beyond (1917) 66 exemplaren
The Silver Spoon and Passers By (1929) 65 exemplaren
Fraternity (1909) 53 exemplaren
The Island Pharisees (1926) 53 exemplaren
Strife (1909) 41 exemplaren
The Plays of John Galsworthy (1929) 39 exemplaren
The Apple Tree (1918) 39 exemplaren
Indian Summer of a Forsyte (1918) 34 exemplaren
Forsytein taru 1 (1922) 34 exemplaren
Five Tales (1777) 33 exemplaren
Villa Rubein (1900) 32 exemplaren
Awakening (1920) 31 exemplaren
Justice (1910) 30 exemplaren
De Freelands (1915) 29 exemplaren
Plays (1909) 28 exemplaren
Two Forsyte Interludes (1927) 28 exemplaren
Loyalties (1922) 26 exemplaren
Saint's progress (1919) 25 exemplaren
The Silver Box (1906) 25 exemplaren
The First and the Last (1918) 23 exemplaren
Representative plays (1924) 20 exemplaren
The Apple Tree and Other Stories (1988) 20 exemplaren
The Skin Game (1920) 20 exemplaren
Jocelyn (1898) 19 exemplaren
The Mob (1914) 19 exemplaren
Escape (1926) 16 exemplaren
The Fugitive (1913) 16 exemplaren
The Pigeon (1912) 16 exemplaren
The Burning Spear (1950) 13 exemplaren
The Little Man (1915) 13 exemplaren
Three Novels of Love (1929) 12 exemplaren
Three Novels of Society (1929) 12 exemplaren
Exiled (1929) 12 exemplaren
A Bit o' Love (1915) 12 exemplaren
Six Short Plays (1926) 11 exemplaren
The Eldest Son (1912) 11 exemplaren
Captures (1925) 11 exemplaren
Windows (1922) 10 exemplaren
A Family Man (1921) 10 exemplaren
Joy (1907) 10 exemplaren
The Roof (1929) 10 exemplaren
Plays (Second Series) (1913) 9 exemplaren
Forsytes, Pendyces and others (1925) 9 exemplaren
The Little Dream (1911) 9 exemplaren
Tatterdemalion (2011) 8 exemplaren
The Inn of Tranquillity (1916) 8 exemplaren
Another sheaf (2010) 8 exemplaren
Worshipful society (1932) 7 exemplaren
Soames and the Flag (1930) 7 exemplaren
A Sheaf (2007) 6 exemplaren
Works of John Galsworthy (2008) 6 exemplaren
A Motley (1910) 6 exemplaren
The Foundations (1917) 5 exemplaren
A commentary (2022) 5 exemplaren
Ex Libris John Galsworthy (1933) 5 exemplaren
Censorship And Art (2004) 5 exemplaren
Plays : Third Series (1914) 5 exemplaren
Candelabra (1932) 5 exemplaren
Old English (1924) 5 exemplaren
The Show (1925) 4 exemplaren
Stoik (2016) 4 exemplaren
Memories (1933) 4 exemplaren
Collected Works (2007) 4 exemplaren
Förmöget folk : Bojor (1986) 4 exemplaren
Passers By (1927) 4 exemplaren
The Forest (1924) 3 exemplaren
Four Short Plays (2012) 3 exemplaren
A Silent Wooing (1929) 3 exemplaren
Die letzte Karte. Novellen (1929) 3 exemplaren
Hall-Marked (1921) 3 exemplaren
Obras escogidas (1967) 3 exemplaren
Galsworthy: Five Plays (1999) 3 exemplaren
Defeat (1921) 3 exemplaren
The Sun (1921) 3 exemplaren
Punch and Go (1921) 3 exemplaren
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Die Fehde. Vier Erzählungen (1938) 2 exemplaren
Bojor Forsytesagan 2 exemplaren
Att Hyra Forsytesagan 2 exemplaren
Plays Sixth Series (1926) 2 exemplaren
A Man of Devon (1901) 2 exemplaren
Four Forsyte Stories 2 exemplaren
Uncollected Forsyte (1986) 2 exemplaren
Moods, Songs and Doggerels (2011) 2 exemplaren
Untitled 2 exemplaren
Ten famous plays. (1976) 2 exemplaren
Meistererzählungen (1984) 2 exemplaren
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Three tales 1 exemplaar
Venkovské sídlo 1 exemplaar
Os novos Forsyte 1 exemplaar
HThe IForsyte saga 1 exemplaar
Die Goldenen Äpfel 1 exemplaar
Ancella 1 exemplaar
Landa in fiore. 1 exemplaar
Jenseits. (1966) 1 exemplaar
Mai presus iubirea 1 exemplaar
FORSYTE SAGA VOL1 1 exemplaar
Forsyte'ide saaga I 1 exemplaar
O Proprietário 1 exemplaar
FORSYTE SAGA VOL2 1 exemplaar
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Broederschap (1909) 1 exemplaar
The Juryman 1 exemplaar
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Hand to Earth 1 exemplaar
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Studies and Essays (2008) 1 exemplaar
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Author and Critic (1976) 1 exemplaar
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Enjoyable insofar as it gives me more insight in the characters from tv-series The Forsyte Saga (2002), which are all relatively flat. This novel is the first of three books upon which the series is based. I love how the book tries to explain the emotions and considerations of all characters (and it turns out there are even more Forsyte family members than appear in the television series) involved in the plot. Galsworthy occasionally goes of into a philosophical rant about the London fog, leaves on trees, or the mysteries of human nature. These tangents are hard for me to follow. Another reason the book is difficult to read is that parts of the plot are communicated implicitly to the reader, by characters alluding to events in the most circumspect manner possible -- the characters being British and Victorian and true Forsytes. I've not decided whether I will continue with book 2. On the one hand, the book feels like bonus material for one of my favorite costume dramas. On the other hand, the writing style is not superenjoyable.… (meer)
 
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jd7h | 20 andere besprekingen | Feb 18, 2024 |
This book starts out very slow. A snooty British family, wealthy elites but not aristocratic, more upper-middle class than upper-class, is having issues because one of the girls in the family is engaged to a young architect. The architect is hired to build a house for the girl's uncle, and winds up having an affair with the uncle's young, pretty wife. The story starts out in the late 1800's and society is starting to change towards a world of expanded women's rights and a less rigid class structure, so while the older members of the Forsyte family react with the expected horror and disgust their class ought to feel for scandalous entanglements, the younger members of the family are not so convinced.
Over the next few years even more scandalous things happen, and at the same time the world around the Forsytes is changing more rapidly.
This was a long novel, and it felt long for the first 300-400pgs, but the second half was well paced and engaging. I liked the way this book explored how much society changed over the decades leading into WW1. This book was in fact first published just at the end of WW1, so the book's characters can have no real idea how much their world would be changing once the Great Depression and WW2 had their effects.
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JBarringer | 41 andere besprekingen | Dec 15, 2023 |
Very good condition. Lettered in Gilt on Spine $25
 
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susangeib | 6 andere besprekingen | Jun 28, 2023 |
Perhaps 3½ stars. Very well written as shown by the fact that Galsworthy managed to change my feelings about Soames from dislike bordering on hatred to sympathetic understanding in this first novel of "The Modern Comedy" but I missed the grand sweep of the family connections. This entry in The Forsyte Chronicles focuses almost exclusively on Soames & Fleur and a new couple called Bickett. Some of the other members of the Forsyte clan made fleeting appearances (such as June swooping in and enlightening Michael about Fleur's passion for her cousin Jon and then never appearing again). I hope that we see some more of the other branches of the family in the next installment!

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