Pearl S. Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973), was an American author of fiction and nonfiction, as well as a humanitarian and human rights advocate. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Born Pearl Sydenstricker in Hillsboro, West Virginia, she was the daughter of Southern Presbyterian missionaries. Her parents had spent much of their years of marriage, from about 1880 on, in China. They returned to the U.S. shortly before Pearl was born, then, when she was just five months old returned to China, settling in Zhenjiang, a town near Nanking.
Pearl was raised bilingual, learning English from her parents and the local Chinese dialect from the neighborhood children. She was also tutored in classical Chinese by a scholar. She loved to read from an early age, and was especially fond of the work of Charles Dickens. Read More→
Though she was considered an important member of the Harlem Renaissance, Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880 – 1966) was never a New York City resident, neither when the movement was in full swing in the 1920s or after. Following is a selection of 10 poems by Georgia Douglas Johnson, a poet who deserves to be read and remembered.
Georgia and her family lived in Washington, D.C. Their house on S Street NW came to be known as the “S Street Salon” — a satellite of sorts for writers of the Harlem Renaissance visiting in the nation’s segregated capital.
Among the colleagues who were regular visitors were the leading lights of the Renaissance: Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Alain Locke, and many of the noted women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Read More→
Octavia Estelle Butler (1947 – 2006) was a pioneering African-American female author of science fiction. She broke through at a time when the genre was male-dominated. An avid reader, Butler was drawn to science fiction magazines like Amazing Stories, whose contents inspired unlimited possibilities and endless flights of imagination. Here we’ll delve into some lesser-known facts about Octavia E. Butler.
After publishing some short stories, Butler’s first novel was Patternmaster (1976). It was the first in what would become a four-volume series. Central to these novels are Patternists, people with telepathic powers. Read More→