Pearl Buck (1892-1973), writer, civil rights activist, winner 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born Hillsboro, West Virginia to missionary parents. Taken to China at 3 months old. Graduated Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1914. Masters from Cornell University in 1925. In 1949, outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, Buck established Welcome House, Inc., the first international, interracial adoption agency.

Pearl Buck (1892-1973), writer, civil rights activist, winner 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born Hillsboro, West Virginia to missionary parents. Taken to China at 3 months old. Graduated Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1914. Masters from Cornell University in 1925. In 1949, outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, Buck established Welcome House, Inc., the first international, interracial adoption agency.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1991: Nadine Gordimer. Prize motivation: "who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity"

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1991: Nadine Gordimer. Prize motivation: "who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity"

"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is." - Albert Camus (1913 - 1960) - French author, journalist, and philosopher - Awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature 1957

"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is." - Albert Camus (1913 - 1960) - French author, journalist, and philosopher - Awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature 1957

Dario Fo, The Nobel Prize in Literature 1997: "who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden", drama

Dario Fo, The Nobel Prize in Literature 1997: "who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden", drama

John M Coetzee---------The Nobel Prize in Literature 2003 was awarded to J. M. Coetzee "who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider".

John M Coetzee---------The Nobel Prize in Literature 2003 was awarded to J. M. Coetzee "who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider".

Alice Munro (Nobel Prize in Literature 2013)  (b. 1931) is a Canadian author writing in English. Munro's work has been described as having revolutionized the architecture of short stories, especially in its tendency to move forward and backward in time.

Alice Munro (Nobel Prize in Literature 2013) (b. 1931) is a Canadian author writing in English. Munro's work has been described as having revolutionized the architecture of short stories, especially in its tendency to move forward and backward in time.

Czeslaw Milosz, The Nobel Prize in Literature 1980: "who with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts", poetry, prose

Czeslaw Milosz, The Nobel Prize in Literature 1980: "who with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts", poetry, prose

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1909: Selma Lagerlöf. Prize motivation: "in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings"

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1909: Selma Lagerlöf. Prize motivation: "in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings"

Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize Literature 1990  Writer of "El laberinto de la Soledad"

Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize Literature 1990 Writer of "El laberinto de la Soledad"

Hermann Hesse. Writer and Nobel Prize in Literature (1946). He was born in 1877 in a Black Forest town in Germany.

Hermann Hesse. Writer and Nobel Prize in Literature (1946). He was born in 1877 in a Black Forest town in Germany.

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