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 ...Show synopsisNobel 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.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. New York: The John Day Company, 1931. First edition,...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.
Description:Very Good. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Typographic...Very Good. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Typographic error pg.100, fleas spelled "flees". Previous owner's name on front free end paper.
Description:Fine, Bound in premium full leather. Accented in 22kt gold....Fine, Bound in premium full leather. 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. A Limited Edition printed for subscribers only. Pristine.; The Franklin Library Collection The 100 Greatest Books of all Time.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Description:Fine, Leather Bound, Accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival...Fine, Leather Bound, 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. Two small scratches to page edge's gilding. A Limited Edition printed for subscribers only.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Description:Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall Green endpapers, name written on...Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall Green endpapers, name written on front endpaper, untrimmed, spine a bit wrinkled, outside lower corners rubbed, 'flees' rather than 'fleas' on page 100.
Description:Very Good. First edition, first printing. The rare first issue...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."
Description:First edition with these illustrations. Illustrated by Anthony...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.
Description:First Edition, elusive first issue with "flees" for "fleas" in...First Edition, elusive first issue with "flees" for "fleas" in line 17 page 100. Also, "John Day Publishing Co." on copyright page and with top edges stained brown. Brown cloth. The book is tight and clean. Foredges are uncut. Small owner's name in pen on half-title page. Green pictorial endpages in nice condition. Top pages edges stained brown-clean. Clean looking cloth binding with bright gilt on front board-faded a little on spine. Spine has some fading and a few subtle spots-a very small wear spot is at the lower left. Edges not worn. Very good or better. no jacket. A Pulitzer prize winner.
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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