Authors Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)

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Winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 was a long way off for a little girl born in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her father, Absalom Syndenstricker, spent years in China translating the original Greek Bible into Chinese. Her mother, Caroline, was also her teacher while they served as Presbyterian missionaries in Chankiang, on the Yangtse River. Times were tough for the little family and they had to flee the country during the Boxer Rebellion.

Sent to a boarding school at the age of fifteen, she worked for the Door of Hope, a shelter for Chinese slave girls and prostitutes. Later she attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia and studied psychology. She returned to China to teach at the Presbyterian Board of Missions. Then her mother became ill and she spent two years caring for her.

After marrying an agricultural expert, Dr. John Lossing Buck, they settled in Northern China, where she worked as a teacher and interpreter. After moving to Nanking, she taught English and American Literature at the University. She received her M.A. in Literature from Cornell University.

After the Civil War in China, Ms. Buck left for the States. Her second husband, Richard Walsh, was the president of her publishing company and they lived in Pennsylvania for many years. In her lifetime, she wrote over 100 works of literature, the most well-known being The Good Earth.


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