Tom Wilson: Pearl S. Buck visits Central Congregational Church

From The Register-Mail:
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck spoke to an overflow house on Oct. 29, 1947, at Central Congregational Church on Galesburg’s Public Square. She spent the majority of her life living in China and her novel “The Good Earth” was the bestselling book in the United States during 1931 and 1932. In 1938 Pearl became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. Pearl Buck elaborated during her presentation in Galesburg that, “Communism is not a threat to China. They are too individualistic, they speak their own minds.” She emphasized that the Chinese people want the friendship of the United States; however, they want to be left alone to develop. Pearl Buck’s appearance in Galesburg was made possible by Knox College. She died in 1973 at the age of 81.