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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899669875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899669878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,437,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her parents were Southern Presbyterian missionaries, most often stationed in China, and from childhood, Pearl spoke both English and Chinese. She returned to China shortly after graduation from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1914, and the following year, she met a young agricultural economist named John Lossing Buck. They married in 1917, and immediately moved to Nanhsuchou in rural Anhwei province. In this impoverished community, Pearl Buck gathered the material that she would later use in The Good Earth and other stories of China.
Pearl began to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazines such as The Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, and The Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, East Wind, West Wind, was published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Day's publisher, Richard Walsh, would eventually become Pearl's second husband, in 1935, after both received divorces.

In 1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, The Good Earth. This became the bestselling book of both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and would be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. Other novels and books of nonfiction quickly followed. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. By the time of her death in 1973, Pearl had published more than seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography and autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translations from the Chinese. She is buried at Green Hills Farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Pearl Buck sensitively bridges the gap between the US and Asia as she explains her life's experience living in China during the Communist Revolution where the ideas for her books were born. An incredible book for women ! Pearl is like a pillar of strenghth. As a Woman, mother, and Christian; she finds hope and faith and compassion in times of dispair. Her reports and biography are intellectually satisfying. A must read...perfect snowy day book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Not a chronological autobiography, "My Several Worlds" is exactly that--Pearl Buck, born in the US, raised in China, tells us about her life abroad and at home. Her missionary parents took her to China as a small child, and she traveled the world later. She only hints at very personal and painful events: the birth of her daughter with PKU (Phenylketonuria, a disease that causes retardation if not controlled with a special diet--unknown at that time) and a divorce as well. We do learn about the founding of her Amerasian orphan adoption agency, placing the unwanted children of Korean women and American soldiers, about her Nobel Prize for "The Good Earth", and about life in China from the end of the Boxer Rebellion and the reign of the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi to the republic of Chiang Kai-Shek before the Communist Revolution.
If you have read any of Pearl Buck's novels, this is a must-read to provide valuable background for the author's life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maria Jose Masnou on January 21, 2010
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I was happy to be able to find first edition of Pearl. S. Buck biography 1954, My several worlds. Interested as I am in XX century Chinese history, it has been very satisfying to be able to know about it through the personal writer life. I fully recommend it, to have a more accurate view of China history based on daily life details.
But previosly enjoy a time reading her fresh and beautiful novels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pam on February 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Just finished Pearl S. Buck's memoir "My Several Worlds," written in 1954. It is one of those books where you learn something on every page.

Mrs. Buck was very progressive in her views on a variety of topics, from the trivial -- for example, kids are over-scheduled these days and aren't given time for creative play (this written in 1954) and we should be eating more whole grains, to the history-altering: the USA should stay out of Indo-china (yep, 1954 again). Her understanding of the American psyche and how it could only lead to missed opportunities with China and Asia is spot-on (as it did). Her plea for acceptance of mixed-race and out-of wedlock children is heart-breaking as some progress has been made but oh the emotional pain.

Some stuff makes you wince (the military is a cause of much homosexuality because the sexes need to mix) but overall she is a very modern thinker.

Her writing is not easy reading. I think it is a bit dense for today's tastes but if you slow down it is to be savored.

From reading a review of the new cultural biographyPearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography of Mrs. Buck I was sad to learn that she was VERY unhappy in the first marriage, her father was a misogynistic jerk and that she suffered from depression. You would not know this from "My Several Worlds." You would think she was the most positive person on earth. You learn through clues that her daughter is developmentally disabled ("the child did not grow") and that her first marriage was not happy. i guess people were polite back then and did not share their troubles with the world (and cable networks didn't exist with so much airtime to fill.)

I am so glad I read this book. I love her and admire her for her contribution to humanity. I wish there were more people like her! Read this book and enjoy!!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Put away your history texts and listen to a first-hand account of worldwide drama unfolding at the most interesting period of this century. A most engrossing and enlightening tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flaret on September 28, 2012
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Pearl S. Buck tells about her life in China and in the US. The book is heavy on her assessments of the Chinese culture and character and China's move from a country dominated by warlords to Communism. Her descriptions of China were contrasted with her experience of the American upper middle class culture of her extended family. But don't expect to learn much about the author's personal life! Husbands appear and disappear (2), children appear and disappear. All is recounted with the reticence of a Victorian lady. However, the book shows the author as one who stood just outside of two cultures, and perhaps saw both more clinically than a person immersed in a single culture. I was fascinated and you may be as well. I now plan to read some biographies of Pearl S. Buck to learn more about this interesting person. and renowned author.
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