How did Pearl meet her second husband? In what is perhaps a writer's dream come true, the 42-year-old Richard Walsh agreed to publish Pearl Buck's first novel. From the day he signed the agreement to publish East Wind, West Wind—for a royalty rate of ten percent—until his death more than 30 years later, Walsh would successfully publish everything Pearl wrote. The two became fast friends, corresponding regularly through the early 1930s. In 1935, they married each other the same day their divorces to their respective spouses were granted. In many respects, theirs was the most successful writing and publishing partnership in American history.