Galsworthy’s Career as a Novelist

  • Alec Fréchet


The preface written by Galsworthy in about 1924 for the Manaton Edition of Villa Rubein contains these words:

Looking back on the long-stretched-out body of one’s work, it is interesting to mark the endless duel fought within a man between the emotional and critical sides of his nature, first one, then the other, getting the upper hand, and too seldom fusing till the result has the mellowness of full achievement…. My early work was certainly more emotional than critical. But from 1901 came nine years when the critical was, in the main, holding sway. From 1910 to 1918 the emotional again struggled for the upper hand; and from that time on there seems to have been something of a ‘dead heat’.1


Female Character Love Story British Bulldog Critical Spirit English Character 
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  1. 15.
    Samuel Hynes, The Edwardian Turn of Mind (Princeton University Press, 1968; Oxford University Press, 1968) pp. 54–86.Google Scholar

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© Alec Fréchet 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alec Fréchet
    • 1
  1. 1.Université du MaineLe MansFrance

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