Pearl S. Buck

Standard Name: Buck, Pearl S.
Birth Name: Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker
Married Name: Pearl S. Buck
Married Name: Pearl S. Walsh
Pseudonym: David F. Barnes
Pseudonym: John Sedges
Nickname: Sai Zhenzhu
PSB , first US woman to win the Nobel prize in literature, was raised in a missionary family on illicit reading of novels from Victorian England and from a Chinese tradition of melodramatic, popular tales that were scorned by the literati. She began by writing stories and articles about China for American magazines. Her first book-length text (consigned not to publication but to a forgotten drawer) was a life of her recently-dead mother which simmers with rage at the forces which had shaped and warped her mother's life. Her first completed novel was destroyed in one of China's many local outbreaks of political violence. Her second published novel, The Good Earth, 1932, brought her unexpected international fame. After that she wrote for money and for good causes, reworking the rich material of her own experience in fiction and non-fiction (including memoir) which combats misogyny, xenophobia, racial and gender prejudice, and war.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Friends, Associates Isak Dinesen
Dinesen was fascinated by Monroe's prettiness, vitality, and innocence: they reminded her, she said, of a lion cub. The old and the young woman danced together (though not, as legend relates, on the table).
Borne Back Daily. .
5 February 2008
Literary responses E. Arnot Robertson
The reviewer for Queen magazine placed EAR in the second rank of women novelists (with Pearl S. Buck as well as Virginia Woolf in the first)—and did this after first raising the question of whether...
politics Ling Shuhua
In mid-1938, LS and her family left Wuhan, by then under frequent bombing by the Japanese, for the town of Leshan (where many members of Wuhan University fled). LS's reading included Proust 's Swann's...


August 1973: The National Women's Hall of Fame was inaugurated...

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August 1973

The National Women's Hall of Fame was inaugurated at Seneca Falls, New York, USA, site of the women's rights convention of 19 July 1848.


Buck, Pearl S. A Bridge for Passing. John Day, 1962.
Buck, Pearl S. A House Divided. P. F. Collier, 1935.
Buck, Pearl S. All Men are Brothers. John Day, 1933.
Buck, Pearl S. Command the Morning. John Day, 1959.
Buck, Pearl S. Dragon Seed. John Day, 1942.
Buck, Pearl S. East Wind: West Wind. John Day, 1930.
Buck, Pearl S. Fighting Angel: Portrait of a Soul. Reynal and Hitchcock, 1936.
Buck, Pearl S. Imperial Woman. John Day, 1956.
Buck, Pearl S. Of Men and Women. John Day, 1941.
Buck, Pearl S. Pavilion of Women. John Day, 1946.
Buck, Pearl S. Sons. John Day, 1932.
Buck, Pearl S. The Child Who Never Grew. John Day, 1950.
Buck, Pearl S. The Chinese Children Next Door. John Day, 1942.
Buck, Pearl S. The Eternal Wonder. Open Road, 2013.
Buck, Pearl S. The Exile. Reynal and Hitchcock, 1936.
Buck, Pearl S. The First Wife and Other Stories. John Day, 1933.
Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth. John Day, 1931.
Buck, Pearl S. The Hidden Flower. John Day, 1952.
Buck, Pearl S. The Three Daughters of Madame Liang. John Day, 1969.
Buck, Pearl S. The Time is Noon. John Day, 1966.
Buck, Pearl S. The Townsman. John Day, 1945.
Buck, Pearl S. The Young Revolutionist. Friendship Press, 1932.
Buck, Pearl S. This Proud Heart. Reynal and Hitchcock, 1938.
Buck, Pearl S. Voices in the House. John Day, 1953.
Buck, Pearl S. Words of Love. John Day, 1974.