PEARL S. BUCK - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/04/1954 - HFSID 41888
Sale Price $337.50
PEARL S. BUCK
Buck signed this typed letter in 1954 to a New York fan. The recipient of this letter, like Buck, was an adoptive parent and a stranger in a strange land, and she expressed the deepest sympathies for his plights.
Typed letter signed "Pearl S. Buck" in blue ink. 1 page, 7¼x10¼, on stationery imprinted with Perkasie, Pennsylvania rural route address. Dec. 4, 1954. Addressed to Robert W. Alfredson, New York, New York. In full: "Dear Mr. Alfredson: Thank you very much indeed for your kind letter of November the 26th. Of course it gives me pleasure to know that you have enjoyed my books. You may be sure that I read your letter with utmost sympathy. I know so well how it is that people from other countries come to our country with great hope and then find themselves disappointed in many ways. I agree entirely that we must all work to prevent totalitarian methods from gaining control here in our own country. I am glad that you and your wife were able to find two little children to adopt. They are fortunate children, I am sure. Thank you again for your letter. Yours cordially, Pearl S. Buck PSB HS". Buck established Welcome House, Inc., the first international, interracial adoption agency, in 1949, and was herself an adoptive parent. Alfredson appeared to be an immigrant, as was Buck: she was born in West Virginia and lived in the United States when this letter was written, but grew up in China. She published her autobiography, My Several Worlds, in 1954, the year that this letter is dated. Buck (1892-1973, born Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker in Hillsboro, West Virginia), born to Presbyterian missionaries, spent the first forty years of her life in China, the setting of many of her books. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1938). Best known for her novels about China (including The Good Earth; 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Buck wrote over 70 novels as well as biographies, an autobiography (My Several Worlds, 1954), dramas, children's literature and translations from the Chinese. Lightly toned and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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