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Critical Essay The First and the Last John Galsworthy was born in 1867 in Kingston Hill Surrey into an upper-middle-class family John Galsworthy was educated at Harrow and studied law at New College Oxford Though he was trained as a lawyer he never practiced law He began writing at the age of twenty-eight inspired by his future wife He married his cousins wife Ada Galsworthy in 1905 after a 10-year affair Galsworthys first novel written in 1906 was The Man of Property He first published under the pen name John Sinjohn Other books written by Galsworthy include From the Four 1897 Jocelyn 1898 In Chancery 1920 To Let 1921 The Island Pharisees 1904 The Forsyte Saga The White Monkey 1924 The Silver Spoon 1926 Swan Song 1928 A Silent Wooing Passersby 1927 On Forsyte Change 1930 The Silver Box 1906 Strife 1909 Justice 1910 The Mob 1914 and The Skin Game 1920 Galsworthy was awarded the Order of Merit in 1929 and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932 John Galsworthy died in 1933 The First and the Last is a prose fiction book The author didnt use any type of rhyme and the story is made up from his head maybe using some facts from his own life for instance Keith is a lawyer and John Galsworthy studied law It seems that he took things he knew about to make the book seem more realistic but still not anything that actually happened The First and the Last is a book about two people who fall in love and would be happy but for the fact that they are faced with a crime they have committed The main characters in the story are Keith Larry and Wanda Keith is the brother of Larry and is the only person other than Larry and Wanda who knows of the crime Keith is a lawyer and is married with a daughter Wanda is
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