Location: Green Hill Farm, Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Cause of Death: Cancer
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American writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938 for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.
Born in West Virginia she moved with her parents to Zhenjiang, China aged three months. She was brought up in China and learned how to speak Chinese before she could speak English. In 1910 she was sent back to America to attend college. After graduating she returned to China and married John Buck, an agricultural economist. They settled in Nanjing, where Pearl taught English literature at Nanking University.
Buck started writing in 1930 and her Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Good Earth was published in 1931. In 1934 the family were forced to leave China due to political tensions. On returning to America she divorced her husband and in 1935 she married Richard Walsh, with whom she adopted six children.