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JOHN GALSWORTHY has attracted a good deal of attention from biographers, in spite of his relative neglect by literary critics. The most recent and comprehensive biography is that by James Gindin, John Galsworthy's Life and Art ( Macmillan, 1987), which also offers interesting commentary on his novels, plays, short stories, and essays. Other modern biographies include: Dudley Barker, The Man of Principle: A View of John Galsworthy ( Allen & Unwin, 1963); Rudolf Sauter, Galsworthy the Man: An Intimate Portrait ( Peter Owen, 1967); and Catherine Dupré, John Galsworthy: A Biography ( Collins, 1976). Earlier biographies include: H. V. Marrot, The Life and Letters of John Galsworthy ( Heinemann, 1935); R. H. Mottram, John Galsworthy ( Longmans, Green, 1953) and For Some We Loved ( Hutchinson, 1956); and Herman Ould, John Galsworthy ( Chapman & Hall, 1934).
An important critical study is Alec Fréchet, John Galsworthy: A Reassessment, trans. Dennis Mahaffrey ( Macmillan, 1982). Interesting and varied critical discussion is scattered widely, but may be found in the following collections: John Batchelor, The Edwardian Novelists ( Duckworth, 1983); William Bellamy, The Novels of Wells, Bennett and Galsworthy 1890-1910 ( Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971); Bernard Bergonzi , The Turn of a Century ( Macmillan, 1973); Joseph Conrad, Last Essays ( Dent, 1926); John Fisher, The World of the Forsytes ( Secker & Warburg, 1976); David Holloway, John Galsworthy, International Profiles series ( Morgan Grampian Books, 1968); D. H. Lawrence, Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence ( Heinemann, 1936); V. S. Pritchett, The Working Novelist ( Chatto & Windus, 1965); and a most useful background to the period is provided by Samuel Hynes in The Edwardian Turn of Mind ( Oxford University Press, 1968).