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    John Galsworthy's Novels, Tales, and Plays Portraying the British Upper Middle Class

    John Galsworthy. The Novels, Tales, and Plays of John Galsworthy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926-1929.

    Devon Edition. Twenty-two octavo volumes (8.25 x 5.5 inches; 210 x 140 mm.). Five volumes with photogravure frontispieces from portraits and drawings by Arnold Genthe, Captain E. B. Bartleet, K. Scott, E. O. Hoppé, and R. H. Sauter, four volumes with frontispiece facsimiles, all with tissue guards. Decorative initials. Title-pages printed in green, cream, and black.

    Publisher's half green morocco, ruled in gilt, over green cloth boards (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper: The Atelier Bindery for Charles Scribner's Sons). Spines decoratively panelled and lettered in gilt in compartments with three raised bands, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Minimal rubbing to extremities, light spotting to cloth on rear cover of Volume I, small stain on spine of Volume XIII, a few hinges just starting. Otherwise a fine set.

    John Galsworthy (1867-1933), "English novelist and playwright, known for his portrayal of the British upper middle class and for his social satire. Galsworthy's most famous work is his novel series The Forsyte Saga [consisting of The Man of Property (1906), In Chancery (1920), and To Let (1921), which together with two interludes, Indian Summer of a Forsyte (1918) and Awakening (1920), appeared collectively as The Forsyte Saga in 1922]. His plays are remarkable realistic and satirical studies based on different social problems and influenced by the drama of Henrik Ibsen" (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia). John Galsworthy won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932 "for his distinguished art of narration which takes its highest form in The Forsyte Saga."

    NCBEL IV, col. 580.


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