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The Good Earth

The Good Earth

Author: Pearl Buck

Year Published: 1931

Description: The Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, the daughter of American missionaries in China, describes life in agrarian China in the early 1900s through the story of Wang Lung, a poor farmer, and O-lan, the wife and ex-slave his father procures for him. It is widely considered to have helped Americans to perceive China sympathetically in the fight against Japan in World War II, which broke out shortly after its publication.  The first in a trilogy, the book was followed by Sons and A House Divided.

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