The Complete Woman Author:Pearl S. Buck Selections from the Writings of Pearl S. Buck, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature — Tenderness is the mood of this new collection of writings by Pearl S. Buck. Not the tenderness of vulnerability, but tenderness arising from an awareness of life and a certainty that every life is important. The Complete Woman includes passages from The Good... more » Earth and other Pearl Buck novels, an excerpt from her Nobel Prize acceptance address, and a sampling of her personal reflections and commentary.
Keenly aware that she is a woman, Mrs. Buck writes optimistically about women's quest for fulfillment: their need for identity, their unique responsibilities, their potential for self-discovery. "Women must help each other...by believing in themselves...Daughters inherit gifts exactly as often and as much as sons."
"I am one of those unfortunate creatures," Mrs. Buck says, "who cannot function completely unless he is writing, has written, or is about to write, a novel." During the four decades of her writing career, she has published nearly forty books of non-fiction and an equal number of novels. She tells us how happiness is related to work and how work is accomplished only through a strong exercise of will.
Pearl Buck tells us that everything she has done "grows out of a fascinated interest in human beings, in the wonders of their minds and hearts, their sensitivities, their needs, and the essential loneliness of their position in the universe." This concern--as well as the warmth, wisdom, and literary skill of Pearl Buck--makes The Complete Woman a beautiful book to read and a memorable book to give.« less