Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pearl Buck

The Good Earth, a novel about village family life in China, became an immediate sensation upon its publication in 1931, and established Buck as one of the few Westerners with intimate knowledge of life in China before the communist revolution. Buck, the child of Presbyterian missionaries, spent much of the first half of her life in China. --Andrew Maykuth, Long-lost ‘Good Earth’ manuscript found: The typescript has been missing since '60s, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 27, 2007

A documentary coproduced by the Zhenjiang People's Association for Friendship With Foreign Countries describes her as "an American writer who told the Chinese stories in a Chinese way in English" - no small compliment in a culture obsessed with its own longevity and accomplishment. --Jeff Gammage, China dedicates Pearl Buck Museum, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 19, 2008

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