Command the Morning - Pearl S. Buck 1959 - The John Day Company, New York - First Edition Signed by Buck on the front free endpaper. A work of historical fiction driven by Pearl Buck's post-World War II fascination with the development of the atomic bomb and it consequences for humanity. A scarce signed copy in near fine condition.   In this novel, Buck used the actual timeline of the bomb’s creation and repopulated it with a cast of fictional scientists. By showing their work and the turmoil of their family lives, buck provided important insight into the type of psyche it took to produce a perfect weapon and showed the devastation the scientists must have experienced upon realising that they had created a bomb that could end the war, but only at an unimaginable cost to human life.

Pearl Buck was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature. Until 1924 she lived principally in China, where she, her parents, and her first husband, John Lossing Buck, were missionaries. She is famous for vivid, compassionate novels about life in China. The Good Earth (1931; Pulitzer Prize), considered her finest work.

The Good Earth describes a Chinese peasant’s rise to wealth and brilliantly conveys a sense of the daily life of ordinary Chinese people. Among her other novels of China are East Wind: West Wind (1930), Dragon Seed (1942), Imperial Woman (1956), and Mandala (1971). In 1935, she married her publisher Richard J. Walsh, president of the John Day Company. In 1949 she founded Welcome House, which provided care for the children of Asian women and American soldiers; the Pearl Buck Foundation of Philadelphia, to which she consigned most of her royalties, aids in the adoption of Amerasian children. Her more than 85 books include works for children, plays, biographies, and works of nonfiction, such as China As I See It (1970).

8vo. pp. 317.
  Condition: Fine, in very good dust-jacket with only light rubbing to extremities.   Ref: 102456   Price: HK$ 1,000