The Galsworthian Novel

  • Alec Fréchet


The constantly recurring themes of Galsworthy’s novels are, in order of importance, beauty, love and suffering, divorce, honour, art and the law. Family and money will be discussed separately. Beauty comes first, because in every case it coincides with love: the beloved woman is always very beautiful; but not only women: the natural setting for the action is also unfailingly lovely. The beauty of a woman and the beauty of nature are of the same kind.


Middle Class Main Character Physical Pleasure Love Story American Critic 
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    William Bellamy, The Novels of Wells, Bennett and Galsworthy 1890–1910 (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971) p. 168.Google Scholar
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    W. L. Myers, The Later Realism (Chicago University Press, 1927; Cambridge University Press, 1927) p. 114.Google Scholar
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    Henry James, ‘The New Novel’ in Selected Literary Criticism (London: Heinemann, 1963) pp. 314, 337.Google Scholar
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    Robert Liddell, ‘The Upholstery of Galsworthy, Contrasted with Henry James’, in A Treatise on the Novel (London: Jonathan Cape, 1947) p. 125.Google Scholar

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© Alec Fréchet 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alec Fréchet
    • 1
  1. 1.Université du MaineLe MansFrance

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