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China Girl

Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck’s Life in China

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How does a woman overcome the suffocating messages of her culture to become an artist? In Burying the Bones, Hilary Spurling unearths the creative roots of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Pearl Buck (1892–1973). Spurling points out that, although Buck’s most famous novel, The Good Earth, is still in print, the author is ‘virtually forgotten. She has no place in feminist mythology, and her novels have been effectively eliminated from the American literary map.’ Boldly conceived and magnificently written, Burying the Bones should repair Buck’s literary fortunes and restore her to the pantheon of feminist heroines.

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