|aPearl S. Buck :|ba cultural biography /|cby Peter Conn.
|aCambridge [England] :|bCambridge University Press,|c1996.
|axxvi, 468 p. :|bill. ;|c25 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 383-450) and index.
|aPreface: Rediscovering Pearl Buck -- Missionary childhood -- New worlds -- Winds of change -- The Good Earth -- An exile's return -- The prize -- Wartime -- Losing battles -- Pearl Sydenstricker.
|aPearl Buck was one of the most renowned, interesting, and controversial figures ever to influence American and Chinese cultural and literary history - yet she remains one of the least studied, honored, or remembered. Peter Conn's Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography sets out to reconstruct Buck's life and significance, and to restore this remarkable woman to visibility.
|aBorn into a missionary family, Pearl Buck lived the first half of her life in China and was bilingual from childhood. Although she is best known, perhaps, as the prolific author of The Good Earth and as a winner of the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Buck in fact led a career that extended well beyond her eighty works of fiction and nonfiction and deep into the public sphere. Passionately committed to the cause of social justice, she was active in the American civil rights and women's rights movements; she also founded the first international adoption agency. She was an outspoken advocate of racial understanding, vital as a cultural ambassador between the United States and China at a time when East and West were at once suspicious and deeply ignorant of each other.
|aIn this richly illustrated and meticulously crafted narrative, Conn recounts Buck's life in absorbing detail, tracing the parallel course of American and Chinese history and politics through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This "cultural biography" thus offers a dual portrait: of Buck, a figure greater than history cares to remember, and of the era she helped to shape.
|aBuck, Pearl S.|q(Pearl Sydenstricker),|d1892-1973.
|aLiterature and society|zUnited States|xHistory|y20th century.
|aNovelists, American|y20th century|vBiography.
|aSocial reformers|zUnited States|vBiography.
|aChina|xSocial life and customs.
|3Table of contents|uhttp://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/cam025/95043105.html