The author begins with a glimpse of Pearl Buck as she received the Nobel Prize in 1938, and then goes back to the writer's early childhood in China. Presenting much minute detail-- some important, some irrelevant, she moves forward through the young years at a slow pace. When Miss Spencer turns to a discussion of Miss Buck's works, the speed picks up and the facts are presented with more enthusiasm. Teen age followers of Miss Buck will find the section of the biography in which her writings are described and commented on most valuable. Despite the wordy style and snail-start, the study is thorough; all the various facets of Miss Buck's career are examined at some length.