Pearl Buck

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Buck, Pearl


Born June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. American writer.

A missionary’s daughter, Pearl Buck spent her childhood and youth in China. In 1929 she published the novel East Wind: West Wind. In 1931 she published The Good Earth, a novel about a Chinese village (Russian translation, 1936). After moving to the USA, she continued to write about China, publishing Sons (1932; Russian translation, 1935) and A House Divided (1934; Russian translation, 1936).

During World War II, Pearl Buck wrote antifascist essays and pamphlets, including one on American-Soviet friendship (A Conversation About Russia, 1945). She published social and family novels about American life in the 1950’s under the pseudonym J. Sedges. Her novel, Command the Morning (1959), presents American scientists who are forced to create, an atomic bomb and who react to this in different ways. Proceeding from the point of view of abstract Christian democratism, Buck demands equality for Negroes and the abolition of colonialism. She was awarded the Nobel Prize (1938).


Big Wave. New York, 1948.
One Bright Day. New York, 1950.
My Several Worlds: [A Personal Record]. New York, 1954.


Krupskaia, N. K. [Retsenziia na kn. B. Zemlia.] Krasnyi bibliotekar’, 1934, no. 11.
Elistratova, A. “Kitai vne istorii.” Khudozhestvennaia literatura, 1935, no. 9.
Elistratova, A. “Perl Bak—Mat’.” International’naia literatura, 1936, no. 9.
Eishiskina, N. “Mirnyi li atom?” Inostrannaia literatura, 1960, no. 6.
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It seemed so unanimous, the acclaim around Pearl Buck and these other people writing about China, so I figured there must be someone who hated her
If the Nobel Prize was her crown, after her rise to fame, Pearl Buck did not fail her "noblesse oblige," her social responsibility and public duty, as a writer and public figure on the world stage, guest of the White House, speaker on public mass media, editor and publisher in literary circles, and philanthropist in social welfare.
Pearl Buck in China is a literary biography of the good old-fashioned kind: detailed, vivid, highly readable, and largely admiring of its subject.
And by the end of 1942, says Conn, with Gandhi and Nehru in jail in British-ruled India, "it was Pearl Buck, not Franklin Roosevelt or any politician, who had become the leading American spokesperson for Indian liberation.
Pearl Buck referred to herself as "mentally bifocal" with respect to her American and Chinese ways of looking at things.
The coats will be distributed through Bags of Love, Catholic Community Charities, Head Start, Junction City School District/Laurel Elementary, Kids' FIRST Center, Looking Glass Community Services, Mid Lane Cares SANTA Program, Pearl Buck, Relief Nursery, ShelterCare and Willagillespie Elementary School.
To demonstrate "the remarkable influence that wide reading can exert on human development," Howard relates the reading habits of nine famous individuals from Benjamin Franklin to Nelson Mandela and including the less obvious choices of Louis L'Amour and Pearl Buck.
In conclusion, if you liked the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, or The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, you will love this book.
Based on the Pearl Buck novel and helmed by Hong Kong filmmaker Yim Ho, "Pavilion of Women" is the saga of a rich wife who scandalizes 1930s society when she declares she'll arrange for a much younger woman to be her husband's concubine.
While Une fille de la faim is arresting and moving at times, it brings to mind in many respects the works of Pearl Buck in its delineations of Chinese life.