Pearl S. Buck
(1992 - 1973)
Born Comfort Sydenstricker in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Pearl Buck was taken to China by her missionary parents at five months of age. She grew up trilingual in the local dialect, classical Chinese and English. Something of her style may be owing to her habit of reading the complete works of Dickens every year. She wrote prodigiously in fiction and non-fiction and was the first American woman to win the Nobel prize in literature.