The Good Earth begins with a young Chinese peasant preparing for his wedding to a young servant girl he has never met who is not too pretty but doesn't have pox scars. The novel details their lives when the farm becomes prosperous, when they endure a famine, their children and love for a disabled child, wealth found during a revolution, sons being educated, with aspects of Chinese culture woven through. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938.
|Pearl S. Buck|
The classics are classics for a reason in that they endure and champion the human spirit. Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was born to Presbyterian missionaries Absalom Sydenstricker and Caroline Stulting of West Virginia. Pearl Buck grew up in China and returned to China after marrying and graduating from college. A hallmark of her childhood was that her parents never allowed her to refer to the Chinese as heathens. They considered them their equals.
Born in 1892, Pearl Buck left China in 1934 at 42 believing she would eventually return. But she did not. She was not allowed to return to China with President Richard Nixon in 1972.
Pearl S. Buck advocated for women's rights, Asian rights, and the adoption of Asian and multiracial children resulting from American troops stationed in Asian countries. She wrote many books, short stories and essays and won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938.
PBS is currently showcasing a film titled "To Walk Invisible" about the lives of the Bronte sisters who lived in the shadow of a ne'er do well brother yet wrote some of the most controversial fiction of 1840's England. Anne Bronte died at 29 in 1849 and wrote The Tenant at Wildfeld Hall and Agnes Gray. Emily died in 1848 at the age of 30 and wrote Wuthering Heights. Charlotte died just before her 39th birthday in 1855 and wrote Jane Eyre.
Buzz Bernard is a former meteorologist who writes thrillers gleaned from natural phenomena such as hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes. Buzz worked for the weather channel for 13 years as a senior meteorologist and is a retired Air Force Colonel who served as a weather officer for over thirty years.
Buzz is the President of the Southeastern Writer's Conference and this is where I met him.