Women Nobel Prize Winners for Literature
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Pearl Buck (1938)
Pearl Buck was an American novelist who was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature. Until 1924 she lived principally in China, where she, her parents, and her first husband, John Lossing Buck, were missionaries. She is famous for vivid, compassionate novels about life in China. The Good Earth (1931; Pulitzer Prize), considered her finest work, describes a Chinese peasant's rise to wealth and brilliantly conveys a sense of the daily life of ordinary Chinese people.
Fun Fact: In 1949 she founded Welcome House, which provided care for the children of Asian women and American soldiers.
Source: Columbia Encyclopedia. Photo: Library of Congress.
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