The Buck stops where?

Remember the feel-good story about Pearl S. Buck’s children reclaiming possession of her long-lost manuscript for “The Good Earth”? Well, the tale is taking a few predictable twists and turns as others lay claim to this piece of literary history and perhaps gear up for a legal tussle, the Associated Press reports:

“…at least two foundations with links to the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner, who died in 1973, now hope to share in the discovery.

“And a legal brawl could be on tap now that one of them – a board of mostly elderly women who run Buck’s birthplace in West Virginia – has stepped forward to lay claim to the valuable papers. They say that Buck left all of her manuscripts to the birthplace in a 1970 legal document. …

“In the document, Buck estimates the value of her collection of manuscripts at $650,000 to $1 million, although she calls them ‘priceless to me.’ …

“Janet L. Mintzer, chief executive of Pearl S. Buck International, said the West Virginia document may contradict a will filed in Vermont, where Buck died, that left her papers to her estate.”

On the positive side, the heirs might be able to leverage the dispute into one of those Mastercard “Priceless” commercials… 

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