John Galsworthy (1867-1933), Novelist and playwright
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Novelist and playwright; Galsworthy began his literary career with a volume of short stories, From the Four Winds (1897). He reached his maturity as an author in 1906 with the publication of the first novel in the trilogy The Forsyte Saga, considered to be a critique of Victorianism. In the same year his first play, The Silver Box, appeared at the Court Theatre in London. A popular and prolific writer in the realist vein, he refused a knighthood in 1918, but was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1929 and in 1932 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.