RAS Book Club

My Several Worlds – A Personal Record by Pearl S. Buck

“Not only [Buck’s] most important book, but—on many counts—her best book”: this is how Kirkus Reviews described the autobiography of the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Often regarded as one of Pearl S. Buck’s most significant works, My Several Worlds is the memoirs of a major novelist and one of the key American chroniclers of China. Buck, who was born to missionary parents in 1892, spent much of the first portion of her life in China, experiencing the Boxer Rebellion first-hand and becoming involved with the society with an intimacy available to few outside observers. The book is not only an important reflection on that nation’s modern history, but also an account of her re-engagement with America and the intense activity that characterized her life there, from her prolific novel-writing and her loves and friendships, to her work for abandoned children and other humanitarian causes. As alive with incident as it is illuminating in its philosophy, My Several Worlds is essential reading for travellers and readers alike.

Please note: this is a book discussion, not a talk. The author will not be present.

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