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Guide to the Pearl S. Buck letter to Frances Perkins, 1939 May 24

Summary

Pearl S. Buck was an American writer best known for her depictions of rural Chinese life. Her bestselling novel The Good Earth was awarded the Pulizer Prize, and she was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1938). This letter is written by Buck to Frances Perkins, then Franklin D. Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor, the first woman to hold a cabinet post. Buck thanks Perkins for congratulating her on winning the Nobel Prize. She writes that the award, "was given as much to America and China as it was to me."

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11427
Title
Pearl S. Buck letter to Frances Perkins
Date
1939 May 24
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 item
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection consists of a single autograph typescript letter from the author Pearl S. Buck to the U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins. Perkins had written to Buck to congratulate her for winning the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1938. Buck responds, "It is very kind of you indeed to write me as you have about the Nobel Prize. It adds a great deal to the pleasure of this award, which I cannot but feel was given as much to America and China as it was to me." Buck's return address is given as "209 The Manor, 333 E. 43rd Street, New York City."

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Pearl S. Buck letter to Frances Perkins, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letter
Folder 1
 

Historical Note

Pearl S. Buck was an American writer who was the daughter of missionaries and spent most of her early life in China. She is known as the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling novel The Good Earth (1932). Buck was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 for, "her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces." Buck's work helped demystify China to the American public. She also did a great deal of humanitarian work, particularly in the areas of women's rights, adoption, immigration, and peace.

Frances Perkins was an Amiercan sociologist and workers-rights advocate who was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. She served Franklin D. Roosevelt as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933-1945.

Related Material

Guide to the Papers of Pearl S. Buck and Richard J. Walsh https://www.pearlsbuck.org/document.doc?id=533


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Provenance

The Pearl S. Buck letter to Frances Perkins was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan E. Lewis, March, 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS570