"Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth" by Hilary Spurling

Wednesday, 02 Mar 2011

One of history's most famous missionary kids, writer Pearl Buck, journeyed from China's remotest provinces to literary fame in New York, and then to an extraordinary home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There she adopted several mixed-race children and championed the needs of the underclass around the world. The blond-haired child (called the "blue-eyed demon" by Chinese school children) became the white-haired grand dame welcomed to the Kennedy White House and feted by John and Jackie alongside Robert Frost. She mined her missionary past often in her seventy-plus books, most famously in The ...

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