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Publisher's Summary

The author of the much honored two-volume biography of Henri Matisse unearths the life and work of the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Pearl Buck, whose novels in the 1930's and 40's were the first written for a Western audience to describe ordinary life in the still secret China of the late 19th and early 20th century. Published in 1931, The Good Earth sold tens of millions of copies worldwide and is still in print today.
©2010 Hilary Spurling (P)2010 Oasis
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By M. Brandman on 06-15-10

Very good

A poignant analysis of one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This book not only educates the reader about Pearl Buck, her childhood and family life, it paints a detailed picture of pre-revolutionary China; chronicling the lifestyle of the missionaries who struggled to blend with and help the impoverished population there. Excellent non-fiction.

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By Yennta on 09-11-10

Fascinating and Thorough

Women writers fascinate me. So do odd people, gifted people, and exotically experienced people. Of Pearl Buck I've only read The Good Earth, but now I want more. This is a terrific story, wonderfully written and told by terrific, clear narrator.

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