English novelist and playwright, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932,John Galsworthy became known for his portrayal of the British upper middle class and for his social satire, of which "The Forsyte Chronicles" are the most well-known.
The 3 trilogies which make up The Forsyte Chronicles -- one of the most popular and enduring works of 20th century literature -- chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society.
The Forsyte chronicles initially centres on Soames Forsyte - a successful solicitor living in London with his beautiful wife Irene. A pillar of the late Victorian upper middle class, materially wealthy, his appears to be a golden existence endowed with all the necessary possessions for a 'Man of Property' but beneath this very proper exterior lies a core of unhappiness and brutal relationships. When The Forsyte Saga was shown on television in 1967 it was hugely successful. The british nation was gripped by the Forsyte family's troubled story and adapted its activities to suit the Programming schedule.
The Forsyte Chronicles:
The Forsyte Saga:
The Man of Property
Interlude: Indian Summer of a Forsyte
On Forsyte Change (Written as an interlude between the Saga and Comedy)
A Modern Comedy:
The White Monkey
Interlude: A Silent Wooing
The Silver Spoon
Interlude: Passers By
End of the Chapter:
Maid In Waiting
Over the River
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