Pearl S. Bend

Pearl Buck, ca. 1932, Fotograf Arnold Genthe
Pearl bend, approx. 1932, photographer Arnold Genthe

Pearl Sydenstricker bend (Chinese name 賽珍珠 Sai Zhenzhu; Alias John Sedges; * 26. June 1892 in Hillsboro, west Virginia; † 6. March 1973 in Danby, Vermont)were an US-American authoress and Literaturnobelpreisträgerin.

It 1938 with the Literaturnobelpreis excellently „for their rich and trueful epischen descriptions of the Chinese farmer life and for their biographic masterpieces “. Before it had six years for its novel the goodEarth already the Pulitzer price receive.

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lives and work

its maiden name Sydenstricker is in the frequently used way of writing Pearl S. Bend again. AsDaughter of a mission acre spent it a part of their childhood in the Empire of China. It studied in the USA, worked later than Professorin for English literature in the Chinese Nanking. It had a daughter, who was born with Phenylketonurie.

The confrontationwith American and eastern culture had a large influence on the work of the authoress, who supported tolerance and people communication. As one of its masterpieces the novel The Good Earth is considered from the year 1931, the 1933 with the title The good earth was translated into German. It represents plastic and warmherzig the everyday rural life in China.

It published 80 works, as well as five novels under the alias John Sedges.


the award of the Literaturnobelpreises onPearl S. Bend belonged to the most disputed decisions of the Nobelpreiskomitees and is already met with the award at that time multiple lack of understanding. Many critics attach no large literary rank to the authoress and rank her novels rather among the trivial literature. Their popularitythis no abort did; their books are this very day translated and printed.

works (selection)

  • East wind, west wind (novel, 1930]; dt.: East wind - west wind, 1934)
  • The good earth (novel, 1931; dt.: The good earth, 1933)
  • The (novel, 1934; dt.: The nut/mother, 1934)
  • The of exiles (biography, 1936]; dt.: The woman of the Missionared)
  • Dragon Seed (novel, 1942; dt. The kite seed, 1953)
  • Pavilion OF women (novel, 1946; dt. The women of the house Wu, 1948)
  • far and near(Narrations, 1948; dt. Back into the sky, 1954)
  • The townsman (novel, 1952; dt.: And the way continues to lead Woman (novel to the west
  • , 1952 ) imperially, 1956; dt.: The girl Orchidee)


  • Peter Conn: Pearl S. Bend. Acultural biography. Cambridge and. A.: Cambridge Univ. Press. 1996. ISBN 0-521-56080-2
  • Paul A. Doyle: Pearl S. Bend. New York: Twayne. 1965. (= Twayne's United States authors series; 85)
  • Xiongya Gao: Pearl S. Buck's Chinese women character.Selinsgrove, Pa.: Susquehanna Univ.Press and. A. 2000.ISBN 1-575-91025-X
  • Kang Liao: Pearl S. Bend. A cultural bridge across the Pacific. West haven, Conn. and. A.: Greenwood press. 1997. (= C Contributions ton the study OF world literature; 77) ISBN 0-313-30146-8
  • Elizabeth John clay/tone Lipscomb(Hrsg.):The several worlds OF Pearl S. Bend. Essay presented RK A centennial symposium, Randolph Macon Woman's college, March 26-28, 1992. West haven, Conn. and. A.: Greenwood press. 1994. (= Contributions into women's studies; 144) ISBN 0-313-29152-7
  • Nora Stirling: Pearl bend. Awoman in conflict. Piscataway, N.J.: New Century Publishers. 1983. ISBN 0-8329-0261-6
  • Anna Maria Stuby: I am not anywhere completely at home and everywhere a little. In: Charlotte Kerner (Hrsg.): Not only madame curie… Women, who got the Nobelpreis.New expenditure. Weinheim:Beltz and yellow suppl. 1999.ISBN 3-407-80862-3
  • Gertraude William (Hrsg): The literature Nobelpreisträger. A panorama of the world literature in 20. Century. Duesseldorf: Econ. 1983. (= Hermes hand encyclopedia) ISBN 3-612-10017-3

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