Pearl S. Buck by Peter Conn
A Cultural Biography

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Pearl S. Buck was one of the most renowned, interesting, and controversial figures ever to influence American and Chinese cultural and literary history--and yet she remains one of the least studied, honored, or remembered. In this richly illustrated and meticulously crafted narrative, Conn recounts Buck's life in absorbing detail, tracing the parallel course of American and Chinese history. 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.
 

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Published August 26, 1996 by Cambridge University Press. 500 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Buck International foundation, the museum is filled with Buck memorabilia — calligraphied laurels from government agencies and photos of the writer doing "her utmost to appeal to American society for assistance to Chinese people" in the war against Japan.

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Spurling writes, “and a Chrysler limousine with her monogram in silver on the door (Ted had a matching one marked with his own initials).” After Harris was accused of misusing charitable funds and making sexual advances on Asian boys in the Foundation’s care, the couple fled to Danby, Vt., w...

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Then, in 1934, faced with the Japanese invasion, civil tensions and escalating anti-foreigner sentiment, the Bucks returned to the U.S. As her literary works slipped into obscurity, Buck spent the decades until her death in 1973 devoting herself to issues of interracial conflict, immigration and ...

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Beginning in the 1980s, however, the Chinese began to embrace Pearl Buck and to encourage Pearl Buck tourism by renovating houses she had lived in as a child and producing Chinese TV specials about her and her writings.

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The extraordinary life of Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, a remarkable writer raised in China by American missionary parents and whose prize-winning books reflected her experiences and observations in that country, is well documented in this recent biography.

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