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Pearl S. Buck's epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a China that was — now in a Contemporary Classics edition.

Though more than sixty years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. "I can only write what I know, and I know nothing but China, having always lived there," wrote Pearl Buck. In The Good Earth she presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this century.

Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel — beloved by millions of readers — is a universal tale of the destiny of man.

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The moving story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan, in which the author presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for ordinary people. It is a universal tale about the destiny of man.

About the Author

Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her parents were Southern Presbyterian missionaries, most often stationed in China, and from childhood, Pearl spoke both English and Chinese. She returned to China shortly after graduation from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1914, and the following year, she met a young agricultural economist named John Lossing Buck. They married in 1917, and immediately moved to Nanhsuchou in rural Anhwei province. In this impoverished community, Pearl Buck gathered the material that she would later use in The Good Earth and other stories of China.

Pearl began to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazines such as The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, and The Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, East Wind, West Wind, was published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Day's publisher, Richard Walsh, would eventually become Pearl's second husband, in 1935, after both received divorces.

In 1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, The Good Earth. This became the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and would be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. Other novels and books of nonfiction quickly followed. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. By the time of her death in 1973, Pearl had published more than seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography and autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translations from the Chinese. She is buried at Green Hills Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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JudiKaye23, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by JudiKaye23)
I had to read this book as a literature assignment in high school, and I HATED it. Flash forward to NOW, when a new, dear friend hands me this very same book, and recommends that I read one of her MOST FAVORITE books. After telling her about my previous experience with this novel, she convinces me to give it another chance. What a difference a few decades can make! This is not only a wonderful story of the life of a common farmer and his family in 1920s China, but the prose is so LYRICALLY WRITTEN that I am immersed in the time and place as I read. Thanks, dear friend, for giving me the chance to ENJOY this story through NEW EYES!
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JudiKaye23, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by JudiKaye23)
I had to read this book as a literature assignment in high school, and I HATED it. Flash forward to NOW, when a new, dear friend hands me this very same book, and recommends that I read one of her MOST FAVORITE books. After telling her about my previous experience with this novel, she convinces me to give it another chance. What a difference a few decades can make! This is not only a wonderful story of the life of a common farmer and his family in 1920s China, but the prose is so LYRICALLY WRITTEN that I am immersed in the time and place as I read. Thanks, dear friend, for giving me the chance to ENJOY this story through NEW EYES!
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Crispea, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Crispea)
Excellent. Perfect read for Oregonians.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671035778
Author:
Buck, Pearl S.
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Author:
Buck, Pearl S.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
China
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Contemporary Classics
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
19990601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.26x5.28x.99 in. .70 lbs.

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