Letter from Pearl S. Buck

Description: Handwritten letter from Pearl S. Buck, novelist, women's rights activist, first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Good Earth".


Full Text: Dear Helen Keller:


I am one of many thousands, I know, who are thinking of you today with especial affection and sympathy. I count meeting your Teacher as one of the great experiences of my life - one was instantly impressed with the sense of greatness in her presence. What a glorious life you and she made together! How much you both achieved for the world, and what immense strength you have given to us all! I know of no human source so full of inspiration to others as the story of your life with her.


Please, then, accept my deepest admiration, my faith in you that you are able, now, as you always have been, to live triumphantly. I know what this means to you - this parting - I know a little of what this must mean, rather- but I have no fears for you. And will you count me among your friends now more than ever, and if ever I can help you, let me know - I shall be so glad. And when you feel able, I should like to come and see you.


Please remember me kindly and warmly to dear Polly Thomson.


Faithfully yours,

Pearl S. Buck

(Mrs. Richard J. Walsh)


480 Park. Ave.

New York City



Creator: Pearl S. Buck


Date: 1936


Format: letter


Digital Identifier: AG88-2


Rights: Samuel P. Hayes Research Library, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

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