THE CHINESE NOVEL. Nobel Lecture Delivered Before the Swedish Academy at Stockholm, December 12, 1938. Signed by Pearl Buck. Pearl Buck.

THE CHINESE NOVEL. Nobel Lecture Delivered Before the Swedish Academy at Stockholm, December 12, 1938. Signed by Pearl Buck

New York: John Day, Co, (1939). First edition. Signed by Pearl Buck on the front endpaper. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Advance copy, hardbound in dust jacket and the original publisher's slipcase, with a publisher's hand-signed letter laid in (on the publisher's letterhead), dated July 7, 1939. "Dear Bookseller / We take pleasure in sending you with our compliments / a personal advance copy of THE CHINESE NOVEL, auto- / graphed by the author, Pearl S Buck. This, as you / know is the Nobel address which she delivered before / the Swedish Academy at Stockholm last December. / While the book will not be published until August 3 / we send you this personal copy now for two reasons: / first, because we want you to have it as an expres- / sion of our appreciation of the support which you / have given to Pearl Buck's books; and second, because / this discussion of the indigenous Chinese novel hap- / pens, quite by coincidence, to lay a foundation for / our publication next October of the modern Chinese / novel by Lin Yutang, MOMENT IN PEKING. Dr. Lin in / this novel, although writing in English, is following / the traditions which Pearl Buck traces. / As she says, "In China the novel has been for centu- / ries peculiarly a product and delight of the common / people." It is our belief that MOMENT IN PEKING will / become equally the delight of a great audience of / American readers." "Sincerely yours / Richard J. Walsh (hand-signed in ink) / President, The John Day Company." Small neat bookplate under the front flap. The book is at least near fine bound in coarse black cloth, with the original dust jacket that has a chip at spine foot, but is fresh and sharp, with the $1.50 printed price to the front flap. A few creases to the bottom of the rear panel (book is a tight fit in slipcase), otherwise a very good plus, crisp copy. Housed in the publisher's black slipcase with wear to the spine crown and foot but very good plus condition (no splits). Item #13469

Price: $750.00

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