Monday, October 13, 2008

Retracing Her Steps -- Pearl Buck

Interesting story about a group returning to Pearl S. Buck's stomping ground in China:
More than 70 years after the Nobel Prize winning Pearl S. Buck was barred from returning to China, her hometown there is opening a museum dedicated to her life and work.

A group departs Monday morning from the Hilltown-based international foundation for a two-week trip to China. The trip, called the Footprint Tour, will not only visit the museum, but also homes and significant sites in the country where the author and humanitarian lived for the first 40 years of her life.

The city of Zhenjiang has for years given tours of Buck's childhood home. When officials there decided to open the Buck Museum and Philanthropy Pavilion near the home, foundation curator Donna Rhodes became an adviser. The museum will focus on three areas: the author's writings, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Good Earth”; her family and seven adoptive children and her humanitarian causes and legacy.

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