Novel by Pearl Buck, published in 1931, awarded a Pulitzer Prize, and dramatized by Owen and Donald Davis (1932). With Sons (1932) and A House Divided (1935), it forms a trilogy, The House of Earth.
Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant, and his plain wife O-lan, once a kitchen slave, by ceaseless labor and dedicated reverence for the soil become rich landowners, many of whose acres are bought from the declining House of Hwang. Their own children, removed from the land, begin to show a loss of the vigor that brought the family to power.
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