The Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck
First Published: 1931 Pulitzer Prize: 1932
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The Good Earth is the powerfully moving story of peasant Wang Lung–Of the family he founded that would one day become a powerful dynasty; of the gods he implored, sometimes with humility, sometimes with anger; and, above all, of the earth that sustained him, the land he made to prosper against the ravages of nature and the savage attcks of bandit tribes.
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More about China:
Asia for Educators: Includes videos, primary sources, and historical information about the China of The Good Earth.
National Geographic: China
More about Pearl S. Buck:
University of Pennsylvania website
Nobel Prize in Literature, 1938
Read more about Wang Lung’s family:
Sons (Book #2)
A House Divided (Book #3)
If you enjoyed The Good Earth, try:
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan