Pearl S. Buck
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Pearl S. Buck

Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her parents were Southern Presbyterian missionaries, most often stationed in China, and from childhood, Pearl spoke both English and Chinese. She returned to China shortly after graduation from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1914, and the following year, she met a young agricultural economist named John Lossing Buck. They married in 1917, and immediately moved to Nanhsuchou in rural Anhwei province. In this impoverished community, Pearl Buck gathered the material that she would later use in The Good Earth and other stories of China.
Pearl began to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazines such as The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, and The Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, East Wind, West Wind, was published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Day's publisher, Richard Walsh, would eventually become Pearl's second husband, in 1935, after both received divorces.

In 1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, The Good Earth. This became the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and would be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. Other novels and books of nonfiction quickly followed. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. By the time of her death in 1973, Pearl had published more than seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography and autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translations from the Chinese. She is buried at Green Hills Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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    • The Good Earth

    • By: Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,265
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202

    The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow

    • By Ryan on 05-08-10

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Sons

    • By: Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    Wang Lung is on his deathbed in the house of his fathers, and his three sons stand ready to inherit his hard-won estate....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • stunning and touching

    • By Barry Frieder, MD on 01-19-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Imperial Woman

    • The Story of the Last Empress of China
    • By: Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 329
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 329

    The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last empress in China....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • China - a new look

    • By Paul on 07-29-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A House Divided

    • The House of Earth Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    On the eve of a popular rebellion, the Chinese government starts to crack down in cities across the country. Fleeing the turmoil, Wang Yuan leaves for America....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • So slow til the very end

    • By Sulema Lira on 04-13-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Pavilion of Women

    • By: Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220

    On her fortieth birthday, Madame Wu carries out a decision she has been planning for a long time....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible narration!

    • By C. Boatenreiter on 06-17-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Dragon Seed

    • By: Pearl S Buck
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    To the Chinese the dragon is not an evil creature, but is a god and the friend of men who worship him....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More Relevant Today than Ever

    • By Robert on 07-29-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Ninth Key

    • The Mediator, Book 2
    • By: Meg Cabot
    • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    Suze Simon is a liaison between ghosts and the living. But this teenager is no hand-holder, she's tough on the spirits who need her help....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pleasantly surprised

    • By James S. on 04-05-08

    Regular price: $22.95

    • Peony

    • A Novel of China
    • By: Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227

    Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid - an awkward role in which she is more a servant, but less a daughter....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable Book

    • By alison on 02-17-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Eternal Wonder

    • A Novel
    • By: Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Rann falls for the beautiful and equally brilliant Stephanie Kung, who lives in Paris with her Chinese father and has not seen her American mother since she abandoned the family....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Awful

    • By L. Lee on 08-08-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Die gute Erde

    • By: Pearl S. Buck, Tilman Spengler
    • Narrated by: Ulrich Noethen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Die ewige Sehnsucht nach dem Glück: Der berühmteste Roman der Literaturnobelpreisträgerin Pearl S. Buck gelesen von Ulrich Noethen...

    Regular price: $5.50

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