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Pearl S. Buck


"None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free."

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Attribution: What America Means to Me, ch. 4

Date: 1943

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck


American author and the first woman to win both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. Born in Hillsboro, W.V., Buck spent forty years in China, when she, her parents and her first husband, John Lossing Buck, were missionaries. She is known for her novels about life in China. Among her 85 books is The Good Earth (1931), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize. Other novels include East Wind: West Wind (1930), Dragon Seed (1942), Imperial Woman (1956), and Mandala (1971). She also wrote her autobiography, My Several Worlds, in 1954. Buck was committed to promoting tolerance, human rights and inter-cultural understanding and founded Welcome House in 1949. Welcome House continues its service under the organization, Pearl S. Buck International.



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