Burying The Bones: Pearl Buck in China - Hilary Spurling

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Sunday 18 July 4pm £7 (£5)

Hilary Spurling talks about Pearl S Buck subject of her latest biography. American-born Pearl S Buck (1892-1973) spent her formative years with her missionary parents in the China of the Boxer Rebellion, the collapse of the Manchu dynasty, the rise and fall of Sun Yetsen and revolution and war which eventually drove her back to an alien America. Her experiences in China informed all her subsequent writings – including her Pulitzer Prizewinning novel The Good Earth, made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1937 and which won her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 (even today the book still sells tens of thousands of copies every year). Award-winning biographer Hilary Spurling (The Unknown Matisse, Matisse the Master – Whitbread Book of the year 2005) has rediscovered and reinterpreted this now almost forgotten but once internationally best-selling writer for twenty-first century readers in her most recent biography, Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China, and will talk about a writer who brought the China of her time to a worldwide audience.  

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