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Books About Rachel Carson

This list is not inclusive, but represents the most recent scholarship about Rachel Carson. Your local bookstore, public library, college library, or on-line bookstore will probably have these titles. All are in print and all are in paperback editions.


Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature

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by Linda Lear

Awarded the best book on women in science by the History of Science Society, 1998. Original 1997 publication available at used book stores and on Amazon.

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Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson

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edited and introduction by Linda Lear

Anthology of Carson's unpublished writings. Boston, Beacon Press, 1998. Also available in large print editions.

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Silent Spring

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This 50th Anniversary Edition of Silent Spring includes a new introduction by Linda Lear and afterword by E.O. Wilson. See why Carson's analysis is more relevant now than ever.

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Always, Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964

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edited by Martha Freeman

Ten years of correspondence detailing an intimate relationship between Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman. Boston, Beacon Press, 1995

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On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

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William Souder

Elegantly written and meticulously researched, On a Farther Shore reveals a shy yet passionate woman more at home in the natural world than in the literary one that embraced her. William Souder also writes sensitively of Carson's romantic friendship with Dorothy Freeman, and of her death from cancer in 1964. This extraordinary new biography captures the essence of one of the great reformers of the twentieth century.

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Silent Spring Revisited

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Conor Mark Jameson

American scientist and author Rachel Carson is said to have sparked the modern day environmental movement with the publication of Silent Spring in 1962. She made vivid the prospect of life without birdsong. But has her warning been heeded? Fifty years on, Conor Mark Jameson reflects on the growth of environmentalism since Silent Spring was published. His revealing and engaging tale plots milestone events in conservation, popular culture and political history in the British Isles and beyond, tracing a path through the half century since 'zero hour', 1962. Around this he weaves his own observations and touching personal experiences, seeking to answer the question: what happened to the birds, and birdsong, and why does it matter?

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The Gentle Subversive (New Narratives in American History)

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by Mark Hamilton Lytle

In this brief, fascinating ecological biography by environmental historian Mark Lytle, Carson’s life is separated into four chapters according to seasons spring, summer, fall and winter each focusing on genesis, gestation and publication of Carson’s four books.

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Courage for the Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing ofRachel Carson

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Editor: Peter Matthiessen

Rachel Carson is remembered as a hero for raising the alarm over ocean pollution and pesticides, and she is cherished for the sheer beauty of her writing. In introducing this thoughtful tribute to Carson marking the centennial of her birth, Matthiessen writes with stirring insight into Carson's spirit and achievements, setting the tone for the dozen affecting essays that follow. Biographer Linda Lear attests to Carson's "literary genius" and profound sense of responsibility.

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Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge (S U N Y Series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics)

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Lisa H. Sideris (Editor), Kathleen Dean Moore (Editor)

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Rachel Carson: The Writer at Work

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by Paul Brooks, (formerly published as The House of Life, 1972) Sierra Books, 1998.

Brooks was Carson's editor and published this collection of Carson's Writing which for many years remained the only source of information on Carson's life.

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And No Birds Sing. Rhetorical Analyses of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.

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Edited by Craig Waddell

Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 2000. A collection of new and revised essays examining Carson's language in Silent Spring.

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