Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Beloved by millions of readers, her brilliant novel is a universal tale of the destiny of man. Though more than sixty years have passed since it won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great ...Read MoreNobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Beloved by millions of readers, her brilliant novel is a universal tale of the destiny of man. Though more than sixty years have passed since it 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 should be mandatory reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during this century.Read Less
VG+ in Very Good jacket. Early printing from Decmeber 1931, nine months after the first printing. PO bookplate to front pastedown, otherwise a clean and bright VG+ copy in a VG dust jacket with the spine lightly faded. A collectible early edition of this Pulitzer Prize novel.
Good. New York: The John Day Company, 1931. First edition, first state ("John Day Publishing Company" on copyright page, brown topstain). Hardcover. 375 pp. Very good. No dust jacket present. Edges have very few signs of wearing or age. The corners are very lightly rounded with the head corners containing a slight amount of fray. Some mild sun-fading to the spine and board edges. A previous owner has written her name on the front free end paper. Binding is sound and the text block is tight with no stray markings or tears.
Very Good. 1st Printing. "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck. Published by John Day Company, New York, 1931. First edition, first printing. The copyright page states "COPYRIGHT, 1931, BY PEARL S. BUCK" and there is no mention of subsequent printings. The bottom of the copyright page says "FOR THE JOHN DAY COMPANY". Winner of the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book is in good plus to very good minus condition. Minor to moderate wear and soiling to the boards and spine. Some light wear to the bottom fore-edge of the textblock. The gilt lettering and illustration on the front board remains bright and clear, but is faded on the spine. A small circular stain is present on the bottom of the rear board. The textblock is clean and bright. This book has the brown top stain. Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store.
Fine, Leather Bound. Book accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints to ensure the highest quality binding. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. A limited edition published under the auspices of The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration.; The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Very Good. First edition, first printing. The rare first issue with "flees" for "fleas" and "John Day Publishing" on copyright page and with top edge stained brown. Bound in the publisher's golden brown cloth. A very good copy, with wear to the spine ends, rubbing to the spine label, some rubbing to the corners, spine starting to crack throughout the text block, although still fully intact, with a former owner's signature in black ink on the front pastedown, otherwise clean pages. The Good Earth is Pearl Buck's second novel, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. The plot is set in China, where Buck spent her childhood, and tells the story of a farmer, Wang Lung, and his family. The Good Earth was republished as a trilogy along with its sequels Sons and A House Divided under the title House of Earth in 1935. The Good Earth helped earn Buck the 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature, which she received "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces."
First edition with these illustrations. Illustrated by Anthony Young Chen. Full gray cloth stamped "RECORD AND REFERENCE COPY" on the front board and spine. All edges gilt. Slight wear, else fine. Presumably one of very few, or perhaps the only copy thus (as opposed to the thousands of leather bound copies of the publisher's "limited edition"). The publisher's file copy.
Very Good in Good jacket. 1st Printing. "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck. Published by John Day Company, New York, 1931. First edition, first printing. The copyright page states "COPYRIGHT, 1931, BY PEARL S. BUCK" and there is no mention of subsequent printings. The bottom of the copyright page says "FOR THE JOHN DAY COMPANY". Winner of the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The rare original dust jacket is from the fourteenth printing which we purchased and then married to the first edition of the book. The first state dust jacket is extremely rare and is worth at least $15, 000 depending on condition. At the bottom of the spine of the dust jacket is the publisher's name, John Day, though it is very worn (pictured above). This indicates that the jacket is a trade edition and not a book club edition dust jacket. The dust jacket is in good to good plus condition. Moderate to severe chipping to the edges, especially the spine. Moderate creasing to the flap folds and the spine along with some sun damage. The book is in very good plus condition. There is a previous owner's signature on the front endpaper. The tan colored cloth boards are very well preserved and the gilt lettering and design on the spine and front board remains intact; This book has the brown top stain. Slight wear to the edges on the bottom corners of the front and rear boards and spine; along with some wear to the bottom edge of the text block.
I ordered the books for gifts, and they were shipped and received in a blink of an eye, in very good conditions.
Aug 1, 2011
A book about a Chinese farmer and his family and his path through life, includes some Chinese traditions but otherwise could be a universal story of life, its hardships and its joys.
Mar 3, 2011
Pearl Buck was born in my state of West Virginia and I've read her books since I was a little girl.
I have always wanted to go to China, and its because of Pearl Buck and her writings of China.
Jul 12, 2010
very pleased with my purchase exellent condition,
speedy delivery,would recommend this seller to
my friends and family.
Mar 1, 2010
It's a hard life!
This book was exceptionally written and easy to read. It was difficult to read, though as you delve into these characters and feel so much sympathy for them. It truly makes you realize how blessed you are, not to have to make the sacrifices that these people did. This book draws you in and makes you ask questions of yourself that may be hard to answer!
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