London: William Heinemann Ltd., . Item #04945
The Sixth Novel of John Galsworthy's Prize Winning Saga 'The Forsyte Chronicles'
GALSWORTHY, John. Swan Song. London: William Heinemann Ltd., .
First edition. Octavo (7 3/16 x 4 3/4 inches; 186 x 121 mm.). [ix], [1, blank], 347, [1, blank] pp.
Publisher's dark blue cloth, front cover stamped and lettered in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, rear cover with publisher's blind-stamp, top edge stained blue. A fine crisp copy in the original color pictorial dust jacket, spine minimally darkened, otherwise fine.
The sixth of the nine novels which make up The Forsyte Chronicles - one of the most popular and enduring works of twentieth century literature - chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women. The author has drawn a fascinating and accurately detailed picture of the British propertied class. Often incorrectly called The Forsyte Saga - the nine novel sequence properly known as The Forsyte Chronicles contains three trilogies- of which the first trilogy is The Forsyte Saga (The Man of Property - In Chancery- To Let). The second trilogy- A Modern Comedy (The White Monkey- The Silver Spoon- Swan Song) is followed by the third and concluding trilogy- End of the Chapter (Maid in Waiting- Flowering Wilderness- One More River).
"Michael Mont is succeeding in his public life in Parliament, but holds grave doubts about his private life and his wife, Fleur. Fleur's original love, Jon Forsyte, her cousin and the son of her father's ex-wife, returns to England where a meeting is inevitable. Fleur's undying love for Jon is disclosed. Other members of the Forsyte family are included in this imminently readable saga."
John Galsworthy (1867-1933) was an English novelist and playwright. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga (1906–1921) and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932.