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Pearl S. Buck. Rachel Choi -F Block . Background. Pearl Sydenstricker Buck The Good Earth & Dragon Seed Modernism Philanthropist Nobel Prize winner Chinese & American history. Modernism. Approximately from 1930 to 1950. After WWII Realistic values

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pearl s buck

Pearl S. Buck

Rachel Choi-F Block

background
Background
  • Pearl Sydenstricker Buck
  • The Good Earth & Dragon Seed
  • Modernism
  • Philanthropist
  • Nobel Prize winner
  • Chinese & American history
modernism
Modernism
  • Approximately from 1930 to 1950.
  • After WWII
  • Realistic values
  • F Scott. Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, James Joyce
  • Individualism, frustration, cultural divergence
the good earth 1931
The Good Earth(1931)
  • Wang Lung, O-lan, Lotus, Uncle
  • Hardworking Chinese farmer, toiling for success
  • The richest man in town
  • Conflicts between materialistic desires & his own principles  value of land
  • Exotic Chinese culture  western societies
  • Love of the land, corrupting influence of the wealth, and inferior status of women
  • Vivid illustration of Chinese culture
dragon seed 1944
Dragon Seed (1944)
  • Ling Tan, Lao San
  • Ordinary Chinese farmer experiences Japanese invasion  Nanking Massacre
  • Family destroyed, sons become guerrillas
  • All men are evil
  • Dark side of Chinese history
  • Outrageousness of man’s inhumanity in wartime, sense of peace
  • Buck’s own experience
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So…
  • Combined the Chinese culture & western culture
  • Once-mysterious culture  more familiar
  • Evocative novels about Chinese culture
  • Buck: benefactress, Pulitzer & Nobel Prize winner, writer of bicultural novels
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Bibliography

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