The story is divided into three epochs, "Spring," "Summer"and "Autumn" three great passions in a man"s life belonging respectively to his youth, his maturity and his middle age. Of the three women who successively inspire these three passions, the first might almost have been his mother, the second was of suitable age to be his wife, and the third could easily been his daughter. Such is the substance of "The Dark Flower," a curiously interesting and probing study of man"s passions and woman"s weakness.
John Galsworthy was born in 1867. An early encounter with Joseph Conrad helped inspire him to write, and he went on to enjoy a successful career as one of the most widely read novelists of his day. Galsworthy was elected first president of the International PEN literary club in 1912. Today he is perhaps best remembered for his Forsythe Saga, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932. He died in 1933, aged 65.