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The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy - First - 1933 - from Revue & Revalued Books  and Biblio.co.uk

The Forsyte Saga

by John Galsworthy

Condition: Good-/None


This book is in fairly good condition. There is some wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the cover boards, as well as spots on the outside back cover board. There is minimal bumping and fraying on the cover boards. The pages are yellowing and tanning, with some vertical fraying and warping, but the pages are clear of markings. A few of the pages are dog-eared and edges torn.

"The Forsyte Saga was the title originally destined for that part of it which is called 'The Man of Propery; and to adopt it for the collected chronicles of the Forsyte family has indulged the Forsytean tenacity that is in all of us. The word Saga might be objected to on the ground that it connotes the heroic and that there is little of heroism in these pages. But it is used with a suitable irony; and, after all, this long tale, though it may deal with folk in frock coats, furbelows, and a gilt-edged period, is not devoid of the essential heat of conflict. Discounting for the gigantic stature and blood-thirstiness of old days, as they have come down to us in fairy-tale and legend, the folk of the old Sagas were Forsytes, assuredly, in their possessive instincts, and as little proof against the inroads of beauty and passion as Swithin, Soames, or even Young Jolyon. And if heroic figures, in days that never were, seem to startle out from their surroundings in fashion unbecoming to a Forsyte of the Victorian era, we may be sure that tribal instinct was even then the prime force, and that 'family' and the sense of home and property counted as they do to this day, for all the recent efforts to 'talk them out...." - Author's Preface from The Forsyte Saga


The Forsyte Saga is a series of three novels and two interludes published between 1906 and 1921 by John Galsworthy. They chronicle the vicissitudes of the leading members of an upper-middle-class British family. Only a few generations removed from their farmer ancestors, the family members are keenly aware of their status as "new money".


  • Bookseller: Revue & Revalued Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 374
  • Title: The Forsyte Saga
  • Author: John Galsworthy
  • Format/binding: The binding is tight and solid.
  • Book condition: Used - Good-
  • Jacket condition: None
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • Place: New York, New York
  • Date published: 1933
  • Keywords: British History, Family Forsyte, Historical Novel, London, Victorian England
  • Bookseller catalogs: British History; Historical Novel; Victorian England Era;
  • Size: Medium octavo


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