A Retrospective Introduction

  • James Gindin


John Galsworthy’s death on 31 January 1933 followed by less than three months the announcement that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1932. This intersection, in addition to the great popularity of his fiction in Europe and America as well as in Britain, generated a considerable range of obituary reports, essays and editorials. The obituary is rarely a form of critical appraisal or biographical understanding, but in this instance the extensive treatment of Galsworthy reflected a fairly full sense of how his contemporaries understood and appreciated him. While even the most comprehensive summary of the obituaries would provide only a partial introduction to the career of a man who, over thirty-five years, produced three vast trilogies, other novels, plays, stories, essays, and poems, the remarkable range of public notice at the time of Galsworthy’s death suggests some of the terms in which his life might be seen.


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  1. 7.
    Sunday Times (London), 5 Feb. 1933; reprt. in Desmond MacCarthy, Memories (London: Macgibbon & Kee; New York: Oxford University Press, 1953) p. 55.Google Scholar
  2. 8.
    John Sparrow, “John Galsworthy”, London Mercury, May 1933, pp. 50–5.Google Scholar
  3. 12.
    St John Ervine, John Galsworthy: A Sketch of his Life and Works, a pamphlet (New York: Scribner’s, 1926) p. 14.Google Scholar

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© James Gindin 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Gindin
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  1. 1.University of MichiganUSA

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