Pearl S. Buck
Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, The United States June 26, 1892
Died: March 06, 1973 (80)

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set.

In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United States. Throughout her life she worked in support of civil and women’s rights, and established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency. In addition to her highly acclaimed novels, Buck wrote two memoirs and biographies of both of her parents. For her body of work, Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, the first American woman to have done so. She died in Vermont. (less)

Book List in Order:40 titles

  • Lost for forty years, a new novel by the author of The Good Earth The Eternal Wonder tells the coming-of-age story of Randolph Colfax (Rann for short), an extraordinarily gifted young man whose search for meaning and purpose leads him to New York,...


  • Sir Richard and Lady Mary need to sell the thousand year old castle which has been in the family for hundreds of years. Sir Richard has no heir to pass the castle on to, and if he doesn't sell the English government will turn it into a prison or a po...




  • A widow’s New England peace is interrupted by her feelings for two brilliant men, one much younger and the other quite older -- and the dilemma of choosing between them At forty-three, Edith has lost a husband, and has children who have children...


  • News reaches the couple [Maharana Prince Jagat and his wife, Moti] that their only son, Jai, has been killed by the Chinese in a border skirmish, an inconsolable Moti send Jagat out to bring the boy's spirit home. On the journey, the prince becomes i...


  • After her husband takes a concubine, Madame Liang sets out on her own, starting an upscale restaurant and sending her daughters to America to be educated. At the restaurant, the leaders of the People's Republic wine and dine and Madame Liang must kee...


  • This is a novel of hope, reconciliation and new beginnings. It is the story of an American father and his Amerasian born son living in Korea. Living at oppsite ends of It is not without some soul-searching and a great deal of understanding on the par...


  • In one of Pearl Buck’s most revealing works, a woman looks back on her long and rocky path to self-realization Considered to be one of Pearl S. Buck’s most autobiographical novels, "The Time Is Noon" was kept from publication for decades on a...






  • The Living Reed follows four generations of one family, the Kims, beginning with Il-han and his father, both advisors to the royal family in Korea. When Japan invades and the queen is killed, Il-han takes his family into hiding. In the ensuing years,...




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  • At the outbreak of war, a half-Chinese man sends his family back to America, beginning an absence punctuated only by his letters, and a son who must make sense of his mixed-race ancestry alone Elizabeth and Gerald MacLeod are happily married in Ch...


  • This novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of "The Good Earth" and "Dragon Seed" tells the story of an American-Chinese family separated by the communist revolution in China, as they struggle to overcome difficulties and the prejudices a family o...


  • Sir Richard and Lady Mary need to sell the thousand year old castle which has been in the family for hundreds of years. Sir Richard has no heir to pass the castle on to, and if he doesn't sell the English government will turn it into a prison or a po...


  • From Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck and acclaimed artist Mark Buehner comes a heartwarming story that illustrates the true meaning of Christmas.Rob wants to get his father something special for Christmas this year—something t...


  • An American millionaire builds a Christian seminary in India, furthering his spiritual mission -- and setting into motion a generations-spanning cycle of miscommunication and fracture within his family Beginning in the 1890s, "Come, My Beloved" d...



  • An affecting portrait of interracial love in post-war Japan Pearl S. Buck’s The Hidden Flower centers on the relationship between a Japanese student and an American soldier stationed in post-war Japan. The Japanese student’s father worked in t...


  • An enthralling tale, divided between China and America, of two friends inspired by radically opposed ideals This deeply felt novel tells the story of William Lane and Clem Miller, Americans who meet in China as youths at the end of the nineteenth ...



  • Kinfolk is the story of a Chinese family. Dr. Liang moves to America in search of a better life, but his children long to return to China. Each responds to their new life in China differently, providing rich insight into the struggles between Eastern...


  • Potrait of a marriage - For Edward Haslatt there was no thought of another woman. He loved his wife with a devotion that began with their courtship and grew with the years. Yet Margaret Haslatt had a rival more dangerous than any sloe-eyed mistress. ...


  • This translation of a Chinese classic (14th Century) is the epic tale of a band of patriots in China during the latter part of Sung Dynasty and is considered by most to be one to the three or four greatest novels in Chinese literature. Shui hun chuan...


  • Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese household as a bondmaid -- an awkward role in which she is more than a servant, but less than a daughter. As she grows into a lovely, provocative young woman, Peony falls in love with the family's only son. How...



  • On her fortieth birthday, Madame Wu carries out a decision she has been planning for a long time: she tells her husband that after twenty-four years their physical life together is now over and she wishes him to take a second wife. The House of Wu, o...







  • In another triumphant cultural and historical novel from Pearl S. Buck, The Promise chronicles a band of Chinese soldiers who are sent to rescue a British-American platoon, pinned down in Burma, while the Japanese army attacks Burma Road during World...


  • A New York Times bestselling historical novel about the Japanese invasion of Nanking from the author of The Good Earth. Farmer Ling Tan knows only a quiet, traditional life in his remote Chinese farming community. When news filters in that Japane...


  • William & Ruth came from two different worlds. He was a sensitive, proud artist, son of a rich and often selfish family. She was the unlettered daughter of an earthy Pennsylvania farmer. Yet, from the moment William saw Ruth, he knew he must have her...


  • In this novel about dissidence and exile, a man is confronted with the decision to either desert his family or let his homeland be ravaged When Wu I-wan starts taking an interest in revolution, trouble follows: Winding up in prison, he becomes fri...


  • Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kina and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family, too. As J...


  • As her second marriage approaches, a brilliant and independent sculptor faces tensions between her art and everyday life This Proud Heart narrates the experience of a gifted sculptor and her struggle to reconcile her absorbing career with society...


  • A House Divided, the third volume of the trilogy that began with The Good Earth and Sons, is a powerful portrayal of China in the midst of revolution. Wang Yuan is caught between the opposing ideas of different generations. After 6 years abroad, Yuan...


  • Aug. 1972 Pocket mass market paperback, Pearl S. Buck (The Eternal Wonder: A Novel). Dickensian in its epic sweep, one of Buck's finest novels centers on an unnamed peasant woman in pre-revolutionary China. Without warning, her restless husband aband...



  • In "The Good Earth" Buck 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 hones...


  • East Wind: West Wind is told from the eyes of a traditional Chinese girl, Kwei-lan, married to a Chinese medical doctor, educated abroad. The story follows Kwei-lan as she begins to accept different points of view from the western world, and re-disco...