John Galsworthy collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Galsworthy to Kathleen Scott (wife of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott).

Administrative / Biographical History

John Galsworthy was born on 14 August 1867 at Kingston Hill, Surrey. He was educated at Harrow and New College, Oxford, graduating in 1889. In 1890, he was called to the bar, and to gain experience in marine law, travelled to the Far East in merchant ships. He began to write in 1897, publishing his first collection of short stories, From the Four Winds, but his first real success was the play The Silver Box, published in 1906. Later in the same year, the first of his celebrated Forsyte Saga series was published. During the First World War, he worked for the Red Cross in France, and was recruited by the War Propaganda Bureau to write material on behalf of the British government. After the war, Galsworthy completed the Saga, and in 1932, received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died on 31 January 1933 in Hampstead, London.


The correspondence to Kathleen Scott is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

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Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Dictionary of National Biography, 1931-1940, Oxford University Press London (1950) and Spartacus

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

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