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1892-1973

Pearl S. Buck was born in Hillsboro, West Virginia in 1892, and was raised in China, where her parents were Presbyterian missionaries. The author of more than 100 works, Buck is best known for her novel The Good Earth, published in 1931, which earned her the Pulitzer Prize. In 1938 she won the Nobel Prize for literature, making her the only American woman to receive both literary awards.

In addition to her literary pursuits, Buck devoted much of her life to promoting cross-cultural exchange between Asia and the United States. She established the Pearl S. Buck Foundation in 1964, which continues her work today, helping the children of American servicemen and Asian mothers who were neglected and forgotten in their Asian homelands because of their mixed race.

Buck died in 1973, and is buried at Green Hills Farm, in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, also the home of the Buck Foundation.

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