New York: The Modern Library, 1944. Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #2324770
1954-59 printing, Toledano 015.3, binding jacket style 8i with 379 titles on verso, grey Rockwell Kent endpapers, $1.65 jacket price. Smudge on front board, owner sticker on front endpaper.
313 pp. With a foreword by the author. This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.