This study guide the good earth is a novel written by pearl s buck 1931 and awarded the pulitzer prize for the novel in 1932 the best selling novel in the united states in both 1931 and 1932 it was an influential factor in buck winning the nobel prize for literature in 1938. The good earth novel summary chapter 32 34 free study guides and book notes including comprehensive chapter analysis complete summary analysis author biography information character profiles theme analysis metaphor analysis and top ten quotes on classic literature. The good earth is a novel by pearl s buck published in 1931 that dramatizes family life in a chinese village in the early 20th century it is the first book in a trilogy that includes sons 1932 and a house divided 1935. The good earth derives its title from the authors conviction that a connection to and reverence for the earth can actually lead to inner goodness and peace and that a disconnection from nature can only result in a lack of fulfillment buck presents human beings as transitory with the earth as the only constant. The good earth was published in 1931 it was an immediate hit and has remained bucks most well known text the novel has been translated into more than thirty different languages buck won the pulitzer prize for this work in 1932 the good earth was based on a short story the author had published
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