Pearl S Buck Books - Biography and List of Works - Author of '14 Stories'As the daughter of missionaries , Buck spent most of her life before in Zhenjiang , China. In , she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces". After returning to the United States in , she continued writing prolifically, became a prominent advocate of the rights of women and minority groups , and wrote widely on Chinese and Asian cultures , becoming particularly well known for her efforts on behalf of Asian and mixed-race adoption. Her parents, Southern Presbyterian missionaries , traveled to China soon after their marriage on July 8, , but returned to the United States for Pearl's birth. When Pearl was five months old, the family arrived in China, first in Huai'an and then in moved to Zhenjiang then often known as Jingjiang or, in the Chinese postal romanization system , Tsingkiang , near Nanking. Of her siblings who survived into adulthood, Edgar Sydenstricker had a distinguished career with the United States Public Health Service and later the Milbank Memorial Fund and Grace Sydenstricker Yaukey — was a writer who wrote young adult books and books about Asia under the pen name Cornelia Spencer.
Pearl S. Buck
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She was brought up there and first knew the Chinese language and customs, especially from Mr. Kong, and then was taught English by her mother and her teacher. She was encouraged to write at an early age. By , she left for America and went to Randolph-Macon Women's College, where she would earn her degree in She then returned to China, and married an agricultural economist, John Lossing Buck, on May 13,
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Though she is best known for her classic historical fiction novels about life in early to mid-century China, Pearl S. Buck was born in in West Virginia.
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