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Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth
 
 
Author
Hilary Spurling.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9781416540427
Pages/Publication Date 304/2010
Daedalus Item Code 23937
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"Weaving a colorful tapestry of Pearl Buck's life (1892–1973) with strands of Chinese history and literature, [Hilary] Spurling—winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Prize for Matisse the Master—vividly correlates Buck's experiences of China's turbulent times to her novels. Growing up in a missionary family in China, Buck lived through the upheavals of the Boxer Rebellion and China's civil war, two marriages, and a daughter with a degenerative disease; her closeup view of the horrors of China's extreme rural poverty made her an American literary celebrity as well as a Pulitzer and a Nobel Prize winner when she enshrined her observations of China in the Good Earth trilogy. Back in the United States, having opened America's eyes to China, Buck worked to repeal America's discriminatory laws against the Chinese and established an adoption agency for minority and mixed race children. For her support of racial equality, Buck was blacklisted as a Communist sympathizer even as her books were banned in Communist China for spreading reactionary, imperialist lies; Spurling's fast-paced and compassionate portrait of a writer who described the truth before her eyes without ideological bias, whose personal life was as tumultuous as the times she lived in, will grip readers who, unlike Spurling, didn't grow up reading Buck's work."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
 
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