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Carson, Rachel Louise,

1907–64, American writer and marine biologist, b. Springdale, Pa., M.A. Johns Hopkins, 1932. Her well-known books on sea life—Under the Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea around Us (1951), and The Edge of the Sea (1954)—combine keen scientific observation with rich poetic description. Her Silent Spring (1962), a provocative—and in some places flawed—study of the dangers of certain insecticides, is generally acknowledged as the impetus for the modern environmental movement.


See previously uncollected writings ed. by L. Lear (1998); biographies by J. Harlan (1989), L. Lear (1997), M. H. Lytle (2007), and W. Souder (2012).

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"Participating in the protection and beautification of the Rachel Carson Homestead allows us to contribute to the preservation of a local legacy and promote ongoing education."
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is equivalent to our Sanitized Surroundings today - no frogs, no butterflies, no grasshoppers, no bumblebees, so few birds and yes - no tadpoles in canals.
(1.) Paul Brooks, Rachel Carson: The Writer at Work (Peter Smith Publications, 1999); William Souder, On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring (Crown Publishing Group, 2012); Craig Waddell, And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000); Priscilla Murphy, What a Book Can Do: The Publication and Reception of Silent Spring (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005); Mark Hamilton Lytle, The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement (Oxford University Press USA, 2007).
By now I'm growing tired of Rachel Carson. She's great-smart
THE TOPIC: Rachel Carson published her landmark book, Silent Spring, about the United States' indiscriminate use of DDT and other pesticides, in 1962, during the Cold War's openair testing of nuclear bombs and the nascent environmental movement.
"What Carson got out of Pittsburgh, says Linda Lear, Carson's biographer and author of Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature (Holt Paperbacks), "was that the captains of industry took no responsibility for what they were doing to the natural world.
Perhaps the most relevant, open-ended question in this 50th anniversary of Silent Spring is not "Could the Fish and Wildlife Service ever produce another Rachel Carson?"
Wonderfully illustrated in gentle color by Laura Beingessner, Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World is the true life story of the woman who wrote "Silent Spring", a book about how the prevalence of insecticides and other chemicals combined with a lack of regulation was poisoning the environment, killing off natural wildlife and ultimately harming people.
When scientist and writer Rachel Carson received a letter from a friend alarmed that the pesticide sprayed on her nearby woods had killed many songbirds, Rachel started investigating right away.
(Joseph has an article titled "The Importance of Deep Experiences in Nature" appearing in this issue of Legacy magazine.) Other authors honored in the exhibit include Rachel Carson, Ernest Thompson Seton, Thorten W.
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The author Rachel Carson requested his film footage for use in the 1963 TV special "The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson".