The Galsworthy Compendium is a digital archive project chronicling the life, works, and reception of British author John Galsworthy. Notable as both a playwright and a novelist—and perhaps most known for his decades-spanning series of novels and stories starring the Forsyte family—Galsworthy was a prolific author who received both popular and critical acclaim during the early twentieth century. In 1932 Galsworthy was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, in large part due to the success of his Forsyte novels.
This site attempts to serve as a comprehensive compendium of all things Galsworthy. If it is written by or about him; if it depicts his characters; or if it has anything to do with Galsworthy and his beloved Forsytes, it belongs on this site.
To help you navigate, here is a listing of areas on this site:
- Galsworthy the Man focuses on biographical and historical information about Galsworthy.
- Published Works focuses on Galsworthy's novels, plays, and short stories, as well as his nonfiction essays and other published writings.
- Unpublished Works focuses on Galsworthy's manuscripts, letters, and other unpublished writing.
- Commentary examines writings about Galsworthy and his work, both then and now. Here you can find a critical bibliography, contemporary reviews, and articles by others about Galsworthy.
- Adaptations focuses on various adaptations of Galsworthy's work into other media. His novels and plays have been adapted into radio dramas, movies, and television series by household names such as Alfred Hitchcock and the BBC.
- Finally, Pictures collects images of Galsworthy and his associates, as well as illustrations of his work.
Most recent updates, 3 May 2013:
- Created page for Indian Summer of a Forsyte and updated list of foreign titles for both it and The Man of Property with translations.
- Updated information on the 1967 and 2002 television series, including a complete cast list for the former, and added information about several new British and Australian radio dramas from the 1940s and 1950s (all of which unfortunately appear to be lost, as far as I can tell).
- Added transcriptions and images of several articles about Galsworthy (one on a lecture and one obituary) to the Commentary section.