Women’s History: Pearl S. Buck

The Nobel Prize has been awarded to men and women distinguished in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine and literature. In its 116-year history, only 49 women have been the recipient!

In 1938 Pearl S. Buck, daughter of missionaries in China, won the Nobel Prize in Literature, having earlier been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

One of the most prolific authors of her generation, her novel, “The Good Earth,” depicting peasant farm life in China, was a world-wide best seller, adapted as a major motion picture in 1937, and nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.

But in the early 70s, Buck used her literary talent to “paraphrase” the Bible in 72 major stories of the Bible titled: “The Story Bible,” written in language understandable for people of all ages!


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