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Pearl S. Buck
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    (June 26, 1892-March 6, 1973)
    Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia
    Birth name was Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker
    Daughter of missionaries
    Raised in China
    Wrote the novels 'East Wind, West Wind' (1930), 'The Good Earth' (1931), 'Sons' (1932), 'A House Divided' (1935), 'China Sky' (1941), 'Dragon Seed' (1942), 'The Big Wave' (1948), 'Imperial Woman' (1956), 'Letter from Peking' (1957) and 'The Living Reed' (1963)
    Wrote the non-fiction works 'Of Men and Women' (1941), 'The Child Who Never Grew' (1950), 'My Several Worlds' (1956), 'People of Japan' (1966), 'China As I See It' (1971) and 'Pearl S. Buck's Oriental Cookbook' (1972)
    Won a Pulitzer Prize for 'The Good Earth'
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1938)
    She complained that 'The Good Earth' overshadowed her other works.
    She divorced her husband to marry her publisher.
    After her second husband's death, she began dating a dance instructor 40 years her junior.
    Her books were banned in China for decades.
    Her application for a visa to join Richard Nixon's diplomatic mission to China was reportedly personally rejected by Premier Chou En-Lai.
    She began writing to earn the money to care for her mentally retarded daughter.
    She adopted six children.
    Because existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, she founded Welcome House, the first interracial adoption agency (1949).
    She campaigned against the Chinese Exclusion Act and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
    She advocated racial equality and women's rights.
    She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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