The collection contains letters written by Pearl Buck, her passport
from 1967, articles written by or about Pearl Buck, movie lobby cards and other movie
memorabilia relating to Pearl Buck books, photographs, and Pearl Buck memorabilia, such as First
Day Covers and figurines.
Pearl Buck (1892-1973) was reared in China by her missionary parents and later taught in a
Chinese university. Her first book to reach a wide audience was The Good Earth (1931, Pulitzer
Prize), describing the struggles of a Chinese peasant and his slave wife. Sons (1932) and A
House Divided (1935) followed; the trilogy was published as The House of Earth (1935). Among her
later works are short stories, novels (including five under the pseudonym John Sedges), and an
autobiography. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.
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