John Galsworthy

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JG was a novelist and dramatist who began publishing just before the end of the nineteenth century. The series of novels for which he is now best known, The Forsyte Saga, is historical, since its story begins forty years before the first in the series appeared. In 1921 JG became first president of the PEN Club (later PEN International ) founded by Catharine Amy Dawson Scott and Violet Hunt , and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922.

Milestones

14 August 1867
JG , novelist, dramatist, and poet, was born at Coombe in Surrey.
Bullock, Alan, Robert Bertram Woodings, and John Cummings, editors. Fontana Biographical Companion to Modern Thought. Collins, 1983.
Spring 1897
Under the pseudonym John Sinjohn, JG published his first collection of short stories, From the Four Winds, privately printed at his own expense.
Marrot, Harold Vincent. A Bibliography of the Works of John Galsworthy. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928.
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23 March 1906
JG published The Man of Property, the first novel in what became The Forsyte Saga, which charts the career of Soames Forsyte. It was written with substantial assistance from his wife, Ada Cooper Galsworthy .
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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Marrot, Harold Vincent. A Bibliography of the Works of John Galsworthy. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928.
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25 May 1922
JG 's three Forsyte novels were published together as The Forsyte Saga, dedicated to his wife and unofficial collaborator, Ada Cooper Galsworthy .
Marrot, Harold Vincent. A Bibliography of the Works of John Galsworthy. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928.
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“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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12 July 1928
JG published his last Forsyte novel, Swan Song. London newspapers made the death of his best-known character, Soames Forsyte, front-page news.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
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Marrot, Harold Vincent. A Bibliography of the Works of John Galsworthy. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928.
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31 January 1933
JG , prolific novelist and dramatist, died of a stroke at his home in Hampstead, London.
Bullock, Alan, Robert Bertram Woodings, and John Cummings, editors. Fontana Biographical Companion to Modern Thought. Collins, 1983.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

Birth, Marriage

14 August 1867
JG , novelist, dramatist, and poet, was born at Coombe in Surrey.
Bullock, Alan, Robert Bertram Woodings, and John Cummings, editors. Fontana Biographical Companion to Modern Thought. Collins, 1983.