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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Pearl Buck

Pearl Buck, 1957

American writer Pearl Buck died on this day, March 6, in 1973. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1938.

The Nobel Prize committee in awarding the prize said:

By awarding this year’s Prize to Pearl Buck for the notable works which pave the way to a human sympathy passing over widely separated racial boundaries and for the studies of human ideals which are a great and living art of portraiture, the Swedish Academy feels that it acts in harmony and accord with the aim of Alfred Nobel’s dreams for the future.

See a portrait of Pearl Buck at her desk.