"And roots, if they are to bear fruits, must be kept well in the soil of the land": Rare First Edition of The Good Earth; Signed by Pearl S. Buck

  • The Good Earth.
  • The Good Earth.
  • The Good Earth.

The Good Earth.


Item Number: 2928

London: Methuen & Co., 1931.

First British edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original light brown cloth. Signed by Pearl Buck on the title page. Near fine in the rare dust jacket which shows light wear to the extremities with minute expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare signed.

Over eighty years have passed since The Good Earth won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. "I can only write what I know, and I know nothing but China, having always lived there," wrote Pearl Buck. In The Good Earth she presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-lan is must reading for those who want to fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this century.

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