Date Published: 1907 to 1933
John Galsworthy was an English novelist and playwright. In 1921 he was elected as the first president of the PEN International literary club and was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1929. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932. He is best known for his novels, particularly The Forsyte Saga, 1922 which was also a hugely successful television adaptation in 1967.
This collection contains 18 items dating from 1907 to 1933, specifically, 1 Manuscript, 12 Autographed Signed Letters (ALS), 1 Medal, 2 Photos, 1 Bookmark and 1 Book signed.
• 3 pp., with title and date (London May, 1924) The manuscript in his wife’s hand of “Presidential Address to the English Association”, with John Galsworthy’s signature on page 3 below ms. Manuscript begins with “The soul of good expression is in an unexpectedness, which still keeps the mark of meaning and does not betray truth.”
12 Autographed Letters Signed;
• ALS addressed Dear Sir, 30 October 1907 or 1927, re protest against the existing censorship.
• ALS to Col. Minniegerode, 22 December 1907 or 1927, thanking him for the lunch at the Ritz and arranging a meeting on 3 January.
• ALS to Mr. Vallentin, 19 September 1911, re his play Strife.
• ALS to [Edmund] Gosse, c/o Charles Scribner’s Sons, 9 March 1912, thanking him for the kind letter and kinder thoughts, has heard from the secretary and shall wire him his acceptance.
• ALS addressed Dear Sir, 13 December 1912, too many achievements equally valuable and desirable to answer his question.
• ALS in his wife’s hand (signed by Galsworthy) to Professor Shepherd, 18 August 1924, “the best way in which I can help your book is to let you quote, if you would like, the following passages from my Presidential Address to the English Association last May.”
• ALS addressed “Dear Sir”, 13 April 1927, stating that he is unavailable for interviews and that he has nothing to say on the subject of films.
• ALS to Mr. Atkinson, 25 May 1928, glad that no appeals were sent out, Mr. Evans willing to take on the treasure ship, meetings to be held at Heinemann, Sir Hamilton Grant to stay on Council.
• ALS addressed “Dear Sir” (Brooks Whipple), 2 February 1931, with envelope, re signing books.
• ALS addressed “my Dear Madam” (Mrs. Elsie Stokes), 18 March 1931, with envelope, thanking her kind letter but is “not sorry for that particular allusion… instance of intolerance in regard to belief is distressing….”
• ALS addressed Dear Madam, 10 April 1931, thanking her for her kind letter, in a black wooden frame.
• ALS in his wife’s hand (signed by Galsworthy) to Brand Whitlock (American journalist, attorney, and politician), 19 November 1932, with envelope, thanking Whitlock for his charming letter.
Brass medal, after 1933, Image of Galsworthy and motto,“EXISTENCE IS A LIMITLESS CIRCLE”; verso has images of Irene, Jolyon, and Soames from The Forsythe Saga, and motto, “LOVE IS A STRANGE HAPHAZARD THING, SPUN BETWEEN ECSTASY AND TORTURE”.
2 B&w Photos;
• 13 June 1923 (“Noted Author-Playwright at Home”, N.E.A.)
• 25 February 1928 (“Famous Playwright Is Appointed a Member of League of Nations Commission”, Harris & Ewing, Central Press Association).
• German advertising bookmark, Olleschau (Das Besten von Allen), Galworthy’s signature in facsimile. No date.
1 Book (signed);
• Soames and the Flag (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930), signed by Galsworthy on the half-title. Bound in blue patterned boards, quarter bound in tan cloth, with some edge wear. No. 396 of 680 copies.
1930 German advertising bookmark, Olleschau (Das Besten von Allen), Galworthy’s signature in facsimile.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.