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John Galsworthy
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    (August 14, 1867-January 31, 1933)
    Born in Kingston Hill, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
    Novelist and playwright
    Best known for writing the three-volume Forsyte Saga (1906-21)
    Wrote the plays 'The Silver Box' (1906), 'Strife' (1909) and 'The Skin Game' (1920)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1932)
    As one biographer noted, 'John Galsworthy spent his childhood in the very sort of of upper-middle class family he would one day skewer in his novels.'
    Until his father died, he published his work under a pseudonym.
    He had a secret affair with his cousin's wife, and married her the day after her divorce became final.
    Virginia Woolf dismissed him as irrelevant (1919).
    He decided on literature as a career after a chance meeting with Joseph Conrad during a South Seas voyage (1893).
    During World War I, he worked as an orderly in a hospital in France and offered the family home as a rest house for wounded soldiers.
    He was a co-founder and first president of the literary association PEN International, and donated his Nobel Prize money to fund it.
    He experienced a resurgence of popularity when 'The Forsyte Saga' aired as a BBC mini-series (1967) and as the first offering on Masterpiece Theatre (1971).

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