Pearl S. Buck

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Birthday
26, 1892
Birthplace
West Virginia
Death Date
Mar 6, 1973 (80)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
26, 1892
Birthplace
West Virginia
Death Date
Mar 6, 1973 (80)

About

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Good Earth, a novel that paints a compelling picture of Chinese peasant life. She penned nearly forty other novels, as well as numerous short stories and non-fiction works, and she was also a staunch supporter of multiple humanitarian causes.

Before Fame

She temporarily left China to study at Randolph-Macon Women's College in Virginia, and she later taught English literature at several Chinese universities. In addition, she received a graduate degree from New York's Cornell University.

Trivia

In 1938, she became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Family Life

She was born in West Virginia to Presbyterian missionary parents, and she spent a large portion of her childhood in China. She was married to agricultural economist, John Lossing Buck, from 1917-1935. Her second marriage was to Richard Walsh.

Associated With

She and fellow author John Steinbeck were both recipients of the Nobel Prize.