"The Good Earth" manuscript to be displayed in Pa.

February 22, 2009 11:41:21 AM PST
The long-lost handwritten manuscript of Pearl S. Buck's classic novel, "The Good Earth," is set to go on display next month at the late author's home outside Philadelphia. The Pearl S. Buck House will have the 400 hand-edited pages on display for half a year, beginning next month.

The manuscript had been missing for about 40 years when it was found in June 2007.

The daughter of Buck's longtime secretary said she found the pages in a suitcase in her basement and took them to a Philadelphia auction house, which called the FBI.

Since then, the manuscript has spawned a legal fight involving Buck's heirs and foundations with links to her.

Now, the Buck family trust has formed an agreement with Pearl S. Buck International to display the manuscript for six months.

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