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Complete Plays of John Galsworthy   By: (1867-1933)

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The Complete Plays of John Galsworthy is a captivating anthology of theatrical works that showcases the immense talent and profound storytelling ability of author John Galsworthy. Spanning over four decades, this collection takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the social and moral complexities of early 20th-century British society.

One of the striking features of this anthology is the diverse range of themes explored in Galsworthy's plays. From the struggles of the working class to the challenges faced by the privileged upper echelons of society, these plays shed light on the stark disparities and rigid class structure prevalent at the time. Galsworthy deftly delves into issues such as justice, morality, love, and compassion, sparking thought-provoking discussions that are as relevant today as they were back then.

The characters in Galsworthy's plays are beautifully crafted and deeply human, each with their own flaws, weaknesses, and aspirations. Their struggles and dilemmas resonate with readers and evoke empathy and introspection. Whether it's the heartbreaking story of love and sacrifice in "The Silver Box" or the exploration of personal freedom and individual identity in "Strife," Galsworthy's characters come to life on the stage, leaving a lasting impact on the audience.

Furthermore, Galsworthy's masterful use of dialogue is truly admirable. The language is crisp, evocative, and rich with subtle nuances, reflecting the social milieu and the characters' inner conflicts. The sharp wit and intelligent banter between the characters add depth and complexity to the plays, keeping the readers engaged and enthralled from start to finish.

The playwright's keen insight into human nature and societal dynamics is evident throughout the collection. Galsworthy fearlessly tackles the injustices and hypocrisies that plagued British society at the time, shining a light on the need for reform and the power of empathy and compassion. His keen observations and poignant critiques still hold relevance in today's world, reminding us of the enduring nature of societal issues and the importance of striving for a more just and equitable society.

In conclusion, The Complete Plays of John Galsworthy is a remarkable anthology that showcases the immense talent of one of Britain's greatest playwrights. Galsworthy's works continue to resonate with readers, provoking introspection and delivering powerful messages about love, justice, and the complexities of human nature. This collection is a must-read for theater enthusiasts, history lovers, and anyone seeking thought-provoking and compelling storytelling.

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First Series: The Silver Box Joy Strife

Second Series: The Eldest Son The Little Dream Justice

Third Series: The Fugitive The Pigeon The Mob

Fourth Series: A Bit O' Love The Foundations The Skin Game

Six Short Plays: The First and The Last The Little Man Hall marked Defeat The Sun Punch and Go

Fifth Series: A Family Man Loyalties Windows






JOHN BARTHWICK, M.P., a wealthy Liberal MRS. BARTHWICK, his wife JACK BARTHWICK, their son ROPER, their solicitor MRS. JONES, their charwoman MARLOW, their manservant WHEELER, their maidservant JONES, the stranger within their gates MRS. SEDDON, a landlady SNOW, a detective A POLICE MAGISTRATE AN UNKNOWN LADY, from beyond TWO LITTLE GIRLS, homeless LIVENS, their father A RELIEVING OFFICER A MAGISTRATE'S CLERK AN USHER POLICEMEN, CLERKS, AND OTHERS

TIME: The present. The action of the first two Acts takes place on Easter Tuesday; the action of the third on Easter Wednesday week... Continue reading book >>

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