“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” – Pearl Buck
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Good Earth, a novel that paints a compelling picture of Chinese peasant life, Pearl Buck saw the world unfolding around her and chronicled it in a writing style that melded the past and present with clarity and intensity. Over her lifetime she penned nearly 40 other novels, as well as numerous short stories and non-fiction works.
Born this date in 1892 in the backwoods of West Virginia, she spent much of her growing up years in rural areas of China where her parents were missionaries. Throughout her adult life, she was a staunch supporter of multiple humanitarian causes, particularly in support of overcoming poverty faced by children, whether in Asia or America.
After winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938 (the first American woman to win the award), she utilized her prize money to establish the East and West Association, and the Pearl S. Buck Foundation to address humanitarian issues around the globe, but particularly in helping Asian and Asian American children. For more than 50 years she spoke out and wrote against injustice whenever and wherever she saw it.
“The truth is always important and exciting,” she said. “Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.”
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