Wednesday 1 April 2020

Pearl Buck (USA, 1983)

Pearl Buck (1892 -1973) was an American writer who spent most of her life living in and writing about China. Her book The Good Earth was the bestselling novel of 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book was published, she won the Nobel Prize for literature, the first American woman to do so.

I confess: I’d never heard of Pearl Buck before finding her stamp in an old album, but I’m intrigued. She lived through significant political and military upheaval when she was in China; she was the mother of a disabled child; she went on to adopt further children after a hysterectomy following a uterine tumour; she was active in the US civil rights movement; and she worked throughout her life to foster better relationships between the US and Asia. Oh and she wrote more than 40 novels, plus short stories and non-fiction pieces throughout her life.

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