Pearl S. Buck
Born: June 26, 1892, Hillsboro, West Virginia
Died: March 6, 1973 (age 80), Danby, Vermont
S. Buck (born Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker) was a prolific American
China expert and Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer. She became the
first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature,
"for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China
and for her biographical masterpieces." With no irony, she has been
described in China as a Chinese writer.
What do you know about Pearl S. Buck? Try this Quick Quiz.
1. In 1892, the family was sent to Zhenjiang, China when Pearl was 3
months old. In 1910, she left China once again for America to attend
Randolph-Macon Woman's College, where she would earn her degree (Phi
Beta Kappa) in 1914.
2. She then returned to China and married an agricultural economist
missionary. Who did she marry on May 13, 1917.
- Barrett Jackson
- John Lossing Buck
- William Elliott
3. In 1920, she had a daughter, Carol. What was Carol afflicted with?
- Lung cancer
- Heart Disease
4. From 1920 to 1933, Pearl and her husband made their home in
Nanjing, on the campus of Nanking University, where both had teaching
positions. In 1926, she left China and returned to the United States for
a short time in order to earn her Masters degree. Where did she earn her
- Cornell University
- Harvard University
- Yale University
5. In 1927, the "Nanking Incident" was a confused battle
involving elements of Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist troops, Communist
forces, and assorted warlords, several Westerners were murdered. The
Pearl and her family spent a terrified day in hiding, after which they
were rescued by American gunboats.
6. Which novel won Pearl the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel?
- The Orient Express
- Years of Grace
- The Good Earth
7. What year did she win the Nobel Prize in Literature?
8. In 1935 Buck divorced her first husband and married her publisher
and the president of John Day Company, Richard Walsh, with whom she
moved to Pennsylvania. Buck bought a sixty-acre homestead in Bucks
County, Pennsylvania. What did she name the homestead?
- Books Farm
- Green Hills Farm
- Rolling Springs Farm
9. What was Pearl's cause of death?
- Heart attack
- Lung cancer
- Auto accident
10. Where is Pearl S. Buck buried?
- Reformed Cemetery, Tremont, Pennsylvania
- Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Green Hills Farm, Perkasie, Pennsylvania