Writer Pearl S Buck, known also by her Chinese name, Sai Zhenzju, was
born in Hillsboro, West Virginia. As an infant she went with her parents to
China where they continued their missionary work. She.spent most of her
time until 1934 in China.Through her Chinese tutors she became learned
in Chinese classical literature, culture and folk lore.
Her novel The Good Earth, depicting peasant live in China, was the best-
selling fiction book in the U.S. in 1931 and 1932, and won the Pulitzer
Prize in 1932 and later won the Dean Howells Medal for Distinguished
Fiction in 1936. In 1938, Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.