Although Pearl S. Buck was born in America, she spent the first forty years of her life living in China.
Her novel The Good Earth, which was instrumental in her winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, was chosen as an Oprah book club selection.
Reading Pearl Buck’s writing feels like reading poetry to me. I just love the quiet rhythm of the words. They evoke the simple beauty of the characters and the harsh mystery of China’s ancient culture. —Oprah
After writing The Good Earth, which was set in pre-revolutionary China and depicted the lives of ordinary peasants, she went on to write several novels about other Asian cultures. For a list of her impressive work click here.
In order to help Asian children fathered by US Servicemen all the proceeds from her book Mandala went to the Pearl S. Buck Foundation.
Years after her death in 1973, a manuscript was found and recently published (2013). Set in America it deals with the artistic and emotional development of a genius. It begins thus:
The address was in Brooklyn and he had not yet been to Brooklyn. He disliked the subway and he liked to walk, especially in the early morning when the air was still clean and the streets were almost empty.
Pearl S. Buck’s literary reputation was built on her love of justice and her outspokenness against racism and sexism.
There is no such thing as an inferior race