“The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.”
—Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck (1892 – 1973) was an American writer and novelist. The daughter of missionaries, she spent the first 40 years of her life in China so she was perfectly posed to describe the thus-hidden life of China to the west through her novel The Good Earth , which became was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. Later she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
After returning to the United States in 1935 as an immensely famous figure, she became an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and minority groups. Pearl also campaigned for the rights of Asian and mixed-race orphans, who were considered un-adoptable by existing adoption services. She established Welcome House, the first international inter-rational adoption agency and the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, which provides sponsorships for thousands of Asian children overseas.