By Lynn R. Mitchell
While recently driving on Rivermont Drive not far from downtown Lynchburg, there was a Virginia historical marker for writer Pearl S. Buck. Not realizing she had any association with Lynchburg, I looked her up after returning home and discovered she attended college in that river city, writing for the college’s literary magazine and graduating in 1914.
Born in West Virginia to missionary parents, she spent much of her life living in China which had an impact on her lifelong understanding of other nationalities. In 1938, she won the Pulitzer Prize and was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature with her book, The Good Earth, that described rural life in China prior to World War I.