Well-known author, Pearl S. Buck wrote multiple books and short stories throughout her lifetime, many of which focused on her experiences in China. Born into a family of missionaries on June 26,Pearl Sydenstricker Buck spent her first few months in Hillsborough, West Virginia.
Pearl was the fourth of seven children and one of only three who would survive to adulthood. She was born when her parents were near the end of a furlough in the United States; when she was three months old, she was taken back to China, where she spent most of the first forty years of her life. Pearl's father spent months away from home, itinerating in the Chinese countryside in search of Christian converts; Pearl's mother ministered to Chinese women in a small dispensary she established.
As the daughter of missionariesBuck spent most of her life before in ZhenjiangChina. Inshe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces". After returning to the United States inshe continued writing prolifically, became a prominent advocate of the rights of women and minority groupsand wrote widely on Chinese and Asian culturesbecoming particularly well known for her efforts on behalf of Asian and mixed-race adoption.
Buck The Good Earth from a Chinese perspective. Recounted by Willow, a fictionalized young Chinese contemporary of Buck, Pearl of China chronicles Buck's upbringing, as she spends the first years of her life in China with her American missionary parents. It then follows her through years of political turmoil, as she encounters resistance from Chinese authorities later on in life and is ultimately denounced as an American imperialist by the Mao regime.
Maureen Corrigan. A portrait of Pearl S. Buck taken during the s, during the time she lived in Nanking.
Buck became famous throughout the world for her moving story of the joys and tragedies of the Chinese peasant farmer Wang Lung and his family. The novel was a best seller in the United States, and it was soon translated into more than thirty foreign languages; it has appeared in Chinese alone in at least seven different translations. The Good Earth was made into a Broadway play and a motion picture.
Pearl S. Buck June 26, —March 6, was an American writer. She lived in China for over 20 of 40 years and wrote about the country.
The Good Earth simultaneously manages to be both a classic and not very good. While many early readers hailed her work for its realistic descriptions of life in the Chinese countryside, critics derided The Good Earth as saccharine and simplistic. Inhowever, American readers flocked back to the novel after Oprah Winfrey selected it as a title for her popular book club.
Pearl S. Buck was born on June 26,in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Inshe published her first novel, East Wind, West Wind.
P earl Buck was born in Hillsboro, West Virginia. After her graduation she returned to China and lived there until with the exception of a year spent at Cornell University, where she took an M. The biographies of her mother and father, The Exile and Fighting Angelwere published in and later brought out together under the title of The Spirit and the Flesh Her novels have continued to deal with the confrontation of East and West, her interest spreading to such countries as India and Korea.