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 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 ...
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 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.
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 in Fine (Facsimile DW) jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Bound in tan cloth, stamped in gold, some soiling to front and rear panels of book. Green decorated endpapers. The first edition of this important novel of the 20th Century with "flees" for "fleas" on p. 100/line 17. Top edge unstained. Included in the price is a fine facsimile dust jacket that fits the book perfectly. An acceptable copy of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel at a fraction of the list price. Previous owner's name and address to front paste down (behind flap of dust jacket).
Good with no dust jacket. First edition, second issue ('Flees' rather than 'fleas' on page 100; "For the John Day Company, Inc." on copyright page; top edge stained brown). Publisher's full brown cloth, gilt lettering and medalion on spine and cover, t.e.g. (brown), fore-edge deckle, green printed endpapers. Front hinge starting, spine and cover faded, pages 82 and 83 have shadow where a newspaper clipping had been placed, otherwise unmarked, square, and clean. VERY GOOD. 8vo 8"-9" tall. 375 pp.
Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Owner pressed in stamp.; The Collector's Library of the World's Best-Loved Books. A Limited Edition.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Very Good with no dust jacket. First edition, first issue ('Flees' rather than 'fleas' on page 100; "For the John Day Publishing Company, Inc." on copyright page; top edge stained green). Publisher's full brown cloth, gilt lettering and medalion on spine and cover, t.e.g. (green), fore-edge deckle, green printed endpapers. Old dampstain on upper spine, top edge, and covers, not affecting interior; edges and corners mildly worn; unmarked, tight, and square. VERY GOOD. 8vo 8"-9" tall. 375 pp.
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.
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.
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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