1938 December 10

Pearl Buck First American Woman to Win Nobel Prize for Literature


The noted author Pearl Buck became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. In addition to being an award-winning novelist, she was a political activist on behalf of civil rights. During World War II, she was a leader of efforts to improve race relations in the U.S., and worked closely with the ACLU and its Committee Against Racial Discrimination (CARD). 

Read Pearl Buck’s famous novel: The Good Earth (1931)

Read Pearl Buck’s FBI file: http://vault.fbi.gov/Pearl%20Buck

Watch an interview with Pearl Buck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIMED93CAkE

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