Dr. Peter Conn, professor of English and Pearl S. Buck expert
University of Pennsylvania
Author of "Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography"
Board chairman emeritus of Pearl S. Buck International
Principal advisor to Oprah's Book Club when the Buck classic, "The Good Earth" was the selected reading
"No other American writer, before or since, has so powerfully shaped the way in which Americans view another culture. That extraordinary achievement confers a special excitement on the recovery of the original typescript of 'The Good Earth.' This was, to put it simply, one of the most influential novels of the 20th century."