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A comment upon the meaning and tragedy of life as it is lived in any age in any quarter of the globe The New York TimesOne of the most important and revealing novels of our timePittsburgh Post GazetteOne need never have lived in China or know anything about the Chinese to understand The Good Earth or respond to its appeal Boston Evening Transcript Buck did for the working people of twentieth century China something of what Dickens had done for London s nineteenth century poor Hilary Spurling, author of Pearl Buck in ChinaPearl S Buckwas a bestselling and Nobel Prizewinning author Her classic novel The Good Earthwas awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set In , civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United States Throughout her life she worked in support of civil and womens rights, and established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency In addition to her highly acclaimed novels, Buck wrote two memoirs and biographies of both of her parents For her body of work, Buckreceivedthe Nobel Prize for Literature in , the first American woman to have done so She died in Vermont