I didn’t know it was lost

Wednesday, Jun 27

FBI Tracks Down Lost Manuscript of THE GOOD EARTH

If you’re of a certain age, Pearl S. Buck‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE GOOD EARTH was considered to be required reading (the book hasn’t aged all that well, so those of my generation and younger haven’t been exposed to the book in schools or gone looking for it.) So the news, reported today by the Philadelphia Inquirer, that the FBI has recovered the original manuscript – considered to be lost for over 40 years and deemed “priceless” – may be of interest.

“The manuscript has been missing since at least 1966 and is considered priceless,” the FBI said in a news release yesterday about the manuscript, which has been consigned to auction by the Samuel T.Freeman Co. auction house. Buck, who died in 1973 in Vermont, lamented to an author about the disappearance of the original masterwork from her Bucks County home. “The devil has it!” she said. David Bloom, Freeman’s vice president of manuscripts and books, said the document contained “a large number of annotations in her hand, including changes of phrases that would be of real interest to Pearl S. Buck scholars.” The consignment also included several letters to Buck from world figures.

Buck’s son Edgar S. Walsh, administrator of the estate, said his heart jumped into his throat after getting a call about the manuscript he had reported stolen more than 30 years ago. “When I heard a manuscript had been recovered, I said, ‘Bingo!’ ” said Walsh. He added the estate, which owns the literary rights to Buck’s works, would claim ownership of the manuscript.

(story from MEDIA BISTRO)

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4 thoughts on “I didn’t know it was lost

  1. To say that The Good Earth has “not aged well” is tantamount to calling Shakespeare decrepit since ole William explored the id pre-ipod gluttony. You’ve evidently never read The Good Earth, nor can you place it within any historical reference or trace American/Asian epistimology . Fine, forget serious literary insight. The Good Earth is simply an entertaining read with prose like melted butter and characters you know equally to only your… blogger…oh wait, no one cares about bloggers. Sorry. When this blog is gone, I’m sure the FBI will search it out who stole the ‘i’ from ignorance.

  2. Dear Mr. Lung:
    For the record–I didn’t write this story. It was excerpted (as noted at the end of the story) from MediaBistro who picked up the story from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

    You may want to forward your caustic comments to the person responsible for the statement that obviously pushed one of your buttons. As for, “prose like melted butter and characters you know equally to only your… blogger…oh wait, no one cares about bloggers.” If you do not care about bloggers or their bloggings, then why are you reading them? (A rhetorical question.)

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. If your bolg was ever lost, I would extend all my resourses, however few, to find it. How else would I be able to catch up on the lastest gossip or find the next best read? I proudly call myself a Christa blog junky.

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