THE novels which make up The Forsyte Saga were first published by William Heinemann as The Man of Property ( 1906), In Chancery ( 1920), and To Let ( 1921). The single-volume edition of The Forsyte Saga, with a Preface by the author, which Heinemann published in 1922, also included two stories which serve to link the novels: Indian Summer of a Forsyte, which appeared in Five Tales in 1918, and Awakening, published in 1920.
The present edition follows that of 1922, with the minimum of editorial intervention, although it has been necessary to regularize the differing conventions governing punctuation, and to some extent spelling, which had been carried over into the 1922 single volume from the original texts. For instance 'gray' in The Man of Property became 'grey' in subsequent volumes. Typographical errors, such as 'Snyder' for the painter Frans Snyders; obvious omissions, for instance of the definite and indefinite articles; and inconsistencies, such as the spelling of 'Montague' interchangeably with 'Montagu', have all been silently corrected. However, Galsworthy's occasional slight misquotation, most notably of Shakespeare and Browning, has been retained, but accompanied by an explanatory note.