The Silver Spoon (Paperback)

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Publisher Trafalgar Square
Mfg Part# 9780755340897
SKU 208932011
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0755340892
Release Date 11/1/2008
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 4.75L x 1T
Author Info
John Galsworthy
John Galsworthy had a solid, happy, upper-middle-class upbringing, one of four children. His father was kind and lovable, his mother conventional and emotionally distant. Galsworthy became a barrister but loathed the practice of law, preferring to play the horses and pursue actresses--as a result of which he was frequently sent abroad to oversee the family's mining interests in Canada, Russia, South Africa, and Australia. On his travels he met Joseph Conrad, who became a lifelong friend, and through whom he also met the writers Ford Madox Ford and Edward Garnett. Even while practicing law back in London, Galsworthy wrote secretly, and published his first book of short stories just before his 30th birthday. His parents were of the class that considered artists lazy and degenerate; they were dubious about his literary career, but Ada, the unhappily married wife of his cousin Arthur, believed in his talents, and the two fell in love. Ten years later, she was divorced, and she and Galsworthy were married. He dedicated THE FORSYTE SAGA to her, and she served as the basis for many of his nobler heroines. In addition to novels, Galsworthy wrote 25 plays, many successful produced, and was known as a dramatist until THE FORSYTE SAGA came out and made him famous and wealthy. He donated vast sums to charity (particularly anti-vivisection societies) and, after 1914, to the war effort. Galsworthy was also, in his day, lavishly honored for his writing: He was the first president of PEN, and he received honorary degrees from many important universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton. His reputation faltered by the 1950s, though his novels began to sell again after the immensely popular 1969 Masterpiece Theatre broadcast of THE FORSYTE SAGA on the BBC. Galsworthy, who died of a brain tumor in 1933, was perhaps the last great Victorian writer--a master of complex narratives that raise moral issues and are crammed with intriguing characters.
From the Publisher
First Line Those privileged to be present at a family festival of the Forsytes have seen that charming and instructive sight--an upper-middle-class family in full plumage.
Annotation As the 19th century gives way to the 20th, the Forsytes, presided over by the patriarchal Soames, must face the disintegration of the society that has upheld their family's position for generations. This beloved family saga, with its huge and lively cast of characters, remains a classic of popular literature.
Editors Note Fleur and Michael Mont mix with and entertain the glittering society characters of the day. As always, Soames Forsyte is constantly by the side of his daughter Fleur, spoiling and watching over her. But London after the war is a place of carefree, 'live for today' attitudes which are alarming and baffling to old Soames.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0291
Publisher Headline Book Publishing
Series Part 05
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