The Good Earth

By Pearl S. Buck



Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck's epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family's shifting fortunes.

Though more than seventy years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. In The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s, when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-Lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during the last century.

Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel--beloved by millions of readers--is a universal tale of an ordinary family caught in the tide of history.

Product Details

Price: $17.00  $15.64
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Published Date: September 15, 2004
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 5.3 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
ISBN: 9780743272933
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About the Author

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), the daughter of missionaries, was born in West Virginia but spent most of her time until 1934 in China. She began writing while in China and published her first novel shortly after returning to the United States. Her novel The Good Earth was the bestselling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932, and it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938 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.


"Pittsburgh Post Gazette" One of the most important and revealing novels of our time.
"The New York Times" A comment upon the meaning and tragedy of life as it is lived in any age in any quarter of the globe.
"Boston Transcript" One need never have lived in China or know anything about the Chinese to understand it or respond to its appeal.