John Galsworthy (1867 - January 31, 1933) was an English novelist and playwright. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga and its sequel, A Modern Comedy. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932.
Born August 14, 1867 at Kingston Hill in Surrey, England, Galsworthy was educated at Harrow and New College, Oxford, training as a barrister. However, he soon began to put his writing first, especially after forming a friendship with Joseph Conrad. His first play, The Silver Box (1906) was successful, and he followed it up with The Man of Property, the first in the Forsyte trilogy. This remains by far his best-known work, but in his lifetime he published several other novels, including The Island Pharisees (1904) and many plays, the best-known of which are Strife (1909) and The Skin Game (1920). Much of Galsworthy's work may be seen as social commentary, focusing especially on the British class system. Another recurring theme in his work is that of a woman in an unhappy marriage.
John Galsworthy died from a brain tumour.