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West Virginia Women Writers: Pearl S. Buck

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Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) Hillsboro, Pocahontas County

Some considered Pearl S. Buck one of the first feminist. In a 1958 interview, Mike Wallace used this term scornfully. Since Buck was an advocate for women, children, the poor, and people of other races she was a herald for change in society.  Buck once said she was a quiet woman unless provoked by injustice.

Buck, who was born in Hillsboro, WV, spent almost 40 years of her life in China, first with her missionary parents, and then with her first husband. She even spoke Chinese as a very young child. Bucks’ novels often focused on China and/or injustices to point out the need for modification.

 In 1934, Pearl left China and moved permanently to Green Hills Farm, in Bucks County, PA, where she became active in American civil rights and women's rights activities.

Works

Titles held in the West Virginia Library Commission collection

Come My Beloved.  New York, J.Day Co., 1953

Death in the Castle. New York: John Day Company, 1965

Dragon Seed. Philadelphia, Blakiston, 1945, 1942

East and West: Stories. New York: John Day Co., 1975

East Wind: West Wind. New York: John Day Co., c 1930

Far and Near: Stories of Japan, China, & America. NY: J Day Co., 1947

Fighting Angel: Portrait of a Soul. New York : Reynal & Hitchcock, 1936.

Fourteen Stories. New York, John Day Co., 1961

Gods Men. New York, J. Day Co., 1951

Good Deed and Other Stories. New York: John Day, 1969.

Good Earth. New York : Washington Square Press, 2004.

Goodness Abides. New York, John Day Co., 1972

Hidden Flower. New York: J. Day Co., 1952.

House Divided. New York: John Day, 1963.

Imperial Woman. New York, John Day Co.,1956

Kinfolk. New York : Pocket Books, 1973.

Letter from Peking. New York, John Day Co. [1957]

Living Reed. New York: John Day Company, 1963.

Mandala.  New York: John Day Co., 1970.

Mother. New York: John Day Company, 1934.

New Year. New York, John Day Co. 1968

Patroit. New York: John Day, 1939.

Pavilion of Women. New York, John Day Co., 1946

Peony. New York: John Day Company, 1948.

Portrait of a Marriage. New York : John Day, [1945]

Promise. New York: John Day Company, 1943.

Rainbow. New York, John Day Co., 1974

Secrets of the Heart. New York: John Day Co., 1976.

Sons. Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1945, c1932.

Three Daughters of Madame Liang. New York, John Day Co., 1969

Time is Noon. New York: John Day Company, 1967.

Mrs. Starling's Problem. New York, John Day Co.,1973

Old Demon. MN: Creative Ed; 1982. Illustrated by Sandra Higashi

Titles held in the West Virginia Library Commission collection

Children for Adoption. New York : Random House, 1965,1964.

China as I See It. New York, John Day Co., c1970

Community Success Story; the Founding of the Pearl Buck Center. New York, J. Day Co., 1972

For Spacious Skies: Journey in Dialogue NY: John Day Co., 1966

Gifts They Bring; Our Debt to the Mentally Retarded. NY, Day Co., 1965

Joy of Children. Louisville, Ky.: Bookworld Enterprises, 1974, c1964

Kennedy Women: A Personal Appraisal. NY: Cowles Book Co., 1970

Pearl S. Buck’s Oriental Cookbook. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972

To My Daughters With Love. New York: John Day Co., 1967.

What America Means to Me. New York: John Day Company, 1943

Titles held in the West Virginia Library Commission collection

Buck, Pearl. Exile. NY : Reynal & Hitchcock, 1937, c1936.

Conn, Peter. Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography. NY: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996

Doyle, Paul A. Pearl S. Buck. Boston, Mass.: Twayne Pub. 1980

Harris, Theodore. Pearl S. Buck. New York: John Day Co., 1969-1971

La Farge, Ann Pearl Buck. New York: Chelsa House Publishers: 1988

Spencer, Cornelia. Exile’s Daughter: A Biography of Pearl S. Buck. NY: Coward, 1944

Spurling, Hilary. Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth. NY: S & S., 2010

Stirling, Nora B. Pearl Buck: A Woman in Conflict. Piscataway, NJ: Century Pub, 1983

Titles held in the West Virginia Library Commission collection

East Wind, West Wind: Pearl Buck, the Woman who Embraced the World. Westport, CT: Refocus Films, 1993.

Good Earth.       Culver City, CA. MGM/UA Home Video for Turner.         

Min, Anchee.     Pearl of China. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books, 2010.

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Awards

1938 -- Nobel Prize in Literature

1935 -- William Dean Howells Medal

1932 -- Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: The Good Earth

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