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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.
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. 
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, 
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
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
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
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.
1938 -- Nobel Prize in Literature
1935 -- William Dean Howells Medal
1932 -- Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: The Good Earth