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Pearl S. Buck Collection, 1932-1956

Series I: Manuscripts by Pearl S. Buck, 1932-1956

This series is comprised of manuscripts for short stories, plays, essays, and speeches by Pearl S. Buck on a broad range of topics. Writings within the collection emphasize the need for global cross-cultural understanding in order to achieve harmony of the human race. The roles of various groups within the United States to achieve this goal are addressed in Buck's "A Letter to Colored Americans" essay and her speeches both to the New York Urban League and the New York Board of Education. Other items of note include the incomplete manuscript for Buck's biography of her father, Fighting Angel: Portrait of a Soul, which includes corrections and additions in Buck's handwriting, and the unpublished play script inserts and prose manuscript for Flight into China, which Buck later expanded into her novel Peony.

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Box 1 Folder 1 "Between These Two", undated

Box 1 Folder 2 "The Big Dance", undated

Box 1 Folder 3 The Big Wave, 1956

(Television drama from her book The Big Wave for the Alcoa Hour on NBC)

Box 1 Folder 4 "The Bullfrog,", undated

Box 1 Folder 5 "Daughters of China", undated

Box 1 Folder 6 "Education for Life for Our World," Speech to Supervisors, Principals and First Assistants of the Board of Education, New York,, January 19, 1944

Box 1 Folder 7 The Empress: A Play in Three Acts, 1937

Box 1 Folder 8 "Fiction and the Front Page", undated

(Published in Yale Review, March 1936)

Box 1 Folder 9 "Fiction Versus Biography", undated

Box 1 Folder 10 "Fighting Angel: Portrait of a Soul", undated

Box 1 Folder 11 "Flight into China", undated

Box 1 Folder 12 Flight into China, undated

(incomplete manuscript, unpublished, produced at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey on September 11, 1939)

Box 1 Folder 13 "Going Home", undated

Box 1 Folder 14 "The Good Deed", undated

Box 1 Folder 15 "Heat Wave", 1935

(published in American Mercury, April 1935)

Box 1 Folder 16 "A Letter to Colored Americans", 1942

Box 1 Folder 17 "The Lovers", undated

Box 1 Folder 18 "Letter Home", undated

Box 2 Folder 1 "Of Men and Measuring Worms", undated

Box 2 Folder 2 "New Word for Children", undated

Box 2 Folder 3 "Mrs. Witler's Husband", undated

Box 2 Folder 4 "Morning in Okinawa", undated

Box 2 Folder 5 "The Old Chinese Nurse", 1932

(autobiographical essay published in Fortnightly, June 1932)

Box 2 Folder 6 "Our Last Chance in China", 1944

(published in Common Sense, August 1944)

Box 2 Folder 7 "The Patriot", undated

Box 2 Folder 8 "The Scene in the American Novel", undated

Box 2 Folder 9 "The Sheriff", undated

Box 2 Folder 10 Speech Delivered at the Dinner of the New York Urban League, 1935

Box 2 Folder 11 "The Strawberry Vase", undated

Box 2 Folder 12 "The Three Daughters", undated

Box 2 Folder 13 "True Story U.S.A.", undated

Box 2 Folder 14 "The Wandering Little God", undated

(published in Asia, April 1928)

Box 2 Folder 15 "What the Heart Must", 1937

(published in Woman's Home Companion, September 1937)

Box 2 Folder 16 "What We Can Do About The Children Waiting", undated

Box 2 Folder 17 "The Writing of East Wind: West Wind", undated

(published in Colophon, December 1932)

Box 2 Folder 18 "Youth in China", undated