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Notes on Pearl Buck and The Good Earth. Open-note quiz. Pearl Buck—1892-1973. She was born in West Virginia, the 6 th of 7 children. Pearl spent her childhood in China where her parents were Presbyterian missionaries. She spoke Chinese before she spoke English.

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pearl buck 1892 1973
Pearl Buck—1892-1973
  • She was born in West Virginia, the 6th of 7 children.
  • Pearl spent her childhood in China where her parents were Presbyterian missionaries.
  • She spoke Chinese before she spoke English.
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Pearl attended college at The Randolph Mason Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va.
  • She graduated in 1914.
  • She married John Buck who taught agriculture.
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They settled in the town of Nanhsuchou in Anhwei Province in northern China.
  • This province was the source of inspiration for Pearl’s novel, The Good Earth.
  • This novel made Pearl world famous.
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The Good Earth was published in 1931, and was number one on the best seller list for 21 months.
  • It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932, and was the work chiefly responsible for Buck winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.
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The Bucks moved to the city of Nanking in 1921.
  • Pearl taught English literature at the University of Nanking and her husband taught agriculture.
  • She felt that the old and new ways were clashing in China.
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In 1919, the Bucks had a daughter they named Carol. Pearl could not have other children. They later found out that their daughter was mentally handicapped.
  • In 1934, Pearl returned to the United States for good.
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Pearl divorced John and married Richard J. Walsh who was president of her publishing company (the John Day Company).
  • They moved to a farm in Pennsylvania and, over the next several years, adopted nine children.
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Pearl Buck was a popular personality who lectured extensively on:
  • Writing
  • Adoption
  • Mental health issues
  • American involvement in Asian countries.
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She was a world famous humanitarian.
  • Buck wrote two sequels to The Good Earth.
  • Sons in 1932 and
  • A House Divided in 1935
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The three books form a trilogy called The House of Earth.
  • In all, she wrote more than 85 works including books, short stories, articles and speeches.
  • Pearl died in Vermont on March 6, 1973, three months before her 81st birthday.
chinese feudal caste system
Chinese Feudal Caste System
  • Gentry
  • Scholars
  • Merchants
  • Farmers
  • Slaves
  • This system is the reality for Wang Lung and the other characters in the novel.
an overview of chinese history since the mid 1850 s
An overview of Chinese history since the mid 1850’s
  • Foreigners basically swarmed in and exploited the Chinese who were not economically sophisticated.
  • Diplomats and missionaries followed the commercial developers.
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Along with this foreign invasion there was domestic disorder which led to The Boxer Rebellion of 1900.
  • This rebellion was an attempt to drive foreigners out of China by using violence against the foreigners and to force Chinese Christians to renounce their religion.
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In 1911, Sun Yat-Sen led a rebellion that overthrew the Ching Dynasty of the Manchus. (The Manchurians had come out of Mongolia in 1644 and conquered China.)
  • In 1912, Sun Yat-Sen was elected president of the new found Chinese Republic.
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Sun is the George Washington of China.
  • After Sun’s death in 1916, there was a domination of Warlords fighting each other for power. Warlords are strongmen in control of areas of a country.
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Also, during this time, Marxism was introduced and the First Congress of the Chinese Communist Party met in 1921, with Mao-Tse-Tung in attendance.
  • And, there was the rise of Chiang Kai-Shek, who had been a military advisor of Sun’s.
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There was much upheaval in this period of Chinese history and Wang does not understand what is happening to his country.
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The people of China are quite diverse.
  • They write the same language but there are at least 100 spoken dialects.
  • Sometimes verbal communication is impossible.
six major themes in the good earth
Six major themes in The Good Earth
  • 1. the goodness of the earth
  • 2. The status of women
  • 3. The family
  • 4. Religion and good fortune
  • 5. Morality and necessity
  • 6. Wang Lung’s search for peace