Pearl S. Buck
Historical Highway Marker
To be erected on Rivermont Drive
City of Lynchburg
Pearl S. Buck attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College and graduated in 1914. The Good Earth, her novel centering on life in a Chinese peasant village, won the Pulitzer Prize and is consistently taught in high school curricula throughout the United States. She was the first American female to win the Nobel Prize for literature, which was awarded to her in 1938. At Randolph-Macon, Buck published stories in The Tattler, the college's literary magazine.
TEXT OF HIGHWAY MARKER
"Internationally known author and humanitarian Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (1892-1973) graduated in 1914 from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, where she wrote for the college's literary magazine. She was the author of more than 70 books, many of which were best sellers. In 1932, Buck received the Pulitzer Prize for the widely read novel The Good Earth. In 1938 she became the first United States woman to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. At the time of Buck's death, she was one of the most widely translated United States writers. In 1941, Buck was a founder of the East and West Association, dedicated to cultural exchange between the United States and Asia." (To be erected in 2004.)