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PEARL BUCK (1892-1973) signed inscribed book and letter famous author

PEARL BUCK (1892-1973) signed inscribed book and letter famous author

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Sold together, an author-inscribed copy of the April 1965 edition of Pearl Buck's original 1931 masterpiece novel, THE GOOD EARTH, along with a typed letter from the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, dated September 28, 1971, signed by Buck. The letter and book, acquired together, are inscribed to a Mr. and Mrs. F. Allen Lucy of Pennsylvania. The book has a dust jacket which shows a little wear, but overall it is clean, and the letter is protected in a plastic sleeve. The inscription by Buck reads, "For the Lucys/Greetings/Pearl S. Buck/March 1971". The letter is confirming that Mrs. Lucy and a Mrs. Chon will be joining Buck at a benefit tea on October 8, 1971, as it thanks Lucy for her contribution to the foundation. Buck was born in West Virginia and lived a very interesting life for a woman of her day, moving to China with her missionary parents, as a youngster. She made many trips back and forth between China and the United States, but actually lived in China for many years, becoming very familiar with Chinese culture, and, particularly, the life of the Chinese peasant. Later in life she turned this intimate familiarity with that culture into a series of major, acclaimed novels and stories, of which The Good Earth, first published in 1931, is likely the best known. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. After about the early 1930's, Buck never returned to China, having been barred by the government for some writings it judged unflattering. In later life, Buck opened the Foundation, which, as the heading on the letter states, was "Dedicated to the education and general welfare of the displaced children of the world." She is considered today as more than just a famous and successful writer---also thought of as a humanitarian activist at a time when it was not common for anyone, much less a woman, to advance the causes she espoused, such as racial tolerance. See the impressive, long Wikipedia biography.