Pearl Sydenstricker Buck
Photograph of Buck
Randolph-Macon Woman's College
Class of 1914


Pearl S. Buck's Life and Times:
Published Resources

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A. Reference Books with Articles about Buck

American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present. Volume 1. Ed. Lina Mainiero. New York: Ungar, 1979.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 810.9 A51

Cohen, Jane R. "Buck, Pearl." Notable American Women: The Modern Period, a Biographical Dictionary. Ed. Barbara Sicherman and Carol Hurd Green. Cambridge: Belknap P-Harvard UP, 1980.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 920 N29

Current Biography Yearbook. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1940-present.
The 1956 edition contains a biographical sketch, and the 1973 edition contains her obituary.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 920 C97

Doyle, Paul A. "Pearl S. Buck." American Novelists, 1910-1945. Dictionary of Literary Biography, volume 9, part 1. Detroit: Gale, 1981.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 810.3 D55

-----. "Pearl S. Buck." American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies. Supplement 2, part 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 810.9 A511

Encyclopedia of World Literarture in the 20th Century. Revised edition. Ed. Leonard S. Klein. New York: Ungar, 1981-1984.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 803 E561

"Popular Writers in the Modern Age: Constance Rourke, Pearl Buck, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Margaret Mitchell." American Women Writers: Bibliographical Essays. Westport, CT: Greenwood; 1983.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 016.81 A511d

Smith, Esther Marian Greenwell. "Buck, Pearl S(ydenstricker)." American Writers Since 1900. Ed. James Vinson. Chicago: St James, 1980.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 810.9 A512v-s

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B. Books about Buck

Conn, Peter. Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography. NY: Cambridge UP, 1996.
The most comprehensive, scholarly treatment of Buck's life and work available.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xc

Doyle, Paul A. Pearl S. Buck. Boston: Twayne, 1965.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xd

-----. Pearl S. Buck. Revised edition. Boston: Twayne, 1980.
A critical survey of her work with a brief biographical sketch.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xd2

Gao, Xiongya. Pearl S. Buck's Chinese Women Characters. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna UP, 2000.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xg 2000

Harris, Theodore. Pearl S. Buck: A Biography. 2 volumes. NY: John Day, 1969-1971.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xh

Lian, Xi. The Conversion of Missionaries: Liberalism in American Protestant Missions in China, 1907-1932. University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 1997.
      Lipscomb Library 266 L69c

Liao, Kang. Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Bridge Across the Pacific. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xLi

Lipscomb, Elizabeth J., Frances E. Webb, and Peter Conn, eds. The Several Worlds of Pearl S. Buck. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1994.
Essays presented at the Pearl S. Buck Centennial Symposium held at Randolph-Macon Woman's College on March 26-28, 1992.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xL

Rizzon, Beverly. Pearl S. Buck: The Final Chapter. Palm Springs, Ca.: ETC Publications, 1989.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xr

Sherk, Warren. Good Earth Mother. [Philomath, Or.]: Drift Creek Press, 1992.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xsh

Spencer, Cornelia [pseudonym of Grace Sydenstricker Yaukey]. The Exile's Daughter. New York: Coward-McCann, 1944.
An early biography, written by Buck's sister.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xy

Stirling, Nora. Pearl Buck, a Woman in Conflict. Piscataway, N.J.: New Century, 1983.
A readable, fascinating biography based, in part, on interviews with many who knew Buck.
      Lipscomb Library 813.5 B92xs

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C. Videocassettes about Buck

East Wind, West Wind: Pearl Buck, the Woman who Embraced the World. Westport, Conn.: Refocus Films, 1993. VHS videocassette, 85 minutes.
      Lipscomb Library VC 813.5 B92e

Pearl Buck: The Woman, the World, and Two Good Earths. Chatworth, Ca.: AIMS Media, [1984?]. VHS videocassette and study guide, 24 minutes.
      Lipscomb Library VC 813.5 B92xg

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D. Bibliographies that Cite Sources about Buck

Adelman, Irving and Rita Dwarkin. The Contemporary Novel: A Checklist of Critical Literature on the British and American Novel Since 1945. Netuchin, NJ: Scarecrow, 1972.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 016.823 A22c

Biography Index. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1946-present.
      Lipscomb Library Reference Room

Gerstenberger, Donna and George Hendrick. The American Novel, 1789-1968: A Checklist of 20th Century Criticism. 2nd ed. Chicago: Swallow, 1970.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 016.81309 G38a

Magill's Bibliography of Literary Criticism. Ed. Frank N. Magill. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem P, 1979.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 016.8 M19

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Detroit: Gale Research, 1978-present.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 803 T97

Woodress, James. American Fiction, 1900-1950: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research, 1974.
      Lipscomb Library Reference R 016.813

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Catherine Ehrman Thoresen '23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of English, Emerita
Frances E. Webb
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