"Pearl S. Buck emerged into literary stardom in 1931 when she published a book called The Good Earth. That story of family life in a Chinese village won the novelist international acclaim, the Pulitzer and, eventually, a Nobel Prize. Her upbringing in China as the American daughter of missionaries served as inspiration for that novel and many others; by her death in 1973, Buck had written more than 100 books, including 43 novels.
'Someone, and I do not know who, took the manuscript from the house in which [Buck] died in Vermont and went away with it,' Walsh says. 'Whoever that person was wound up in Texas, rented a storage unit and put the manuscript in there. And that's where it was found.'"
"A newly discovered manuscript by the American Nobel prize winner Pearl S Buck is set for publication this autumn, 40 years after her death.
Best known for her 1931 novel The Good Earth – a bestselling saga of a Chinese family which won her the Pulitzer – Buck took the Nobel in 1938, cited for 'her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.' Over the course of her life, she wrote more than 80 books, a mix of novels, short stories, children's and non-fiction titles, and now, 40 years after her death in 1973, a new piece of work has been discovered."
— Alison Flood, The Guardian