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Books Written By Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson only wrote four books. The fifth, The Sense of Wonder was published posthumously. All of Carson's books are still in print. You local library will have copies, and so will many independent bookstores and used book stores.

Amazon.com can supply all these titles at a discount. Also check used book sites such as ABE.com and Bookfinder.com. Silent Spring and The Edge of the Sea are available on audio tape and several titles are available in large print.

The dust jackets shown here are the ones currently in print. Under them are the original dust jackets for historical interest and collectors. First editions in good condition and with dust jackets are quite valuable.


Under the Sea-wind

BOOK JACKET:Under the Sea-wind

by Rachel L. Carson
New York, Oxford University Press (1941)

To honor Rachel Carson on the centennial of her birth, Penguin Classics is proud to publish a centennial edition of Under the Sea-wind, Carson’s first book and her personal favorite. Featuring a new introduction by Carson’s biographer, Linda Lear, this edition includes the beautiful line drawings by Howard Frech from the very first edition (1941). Under the Sea-wind takes you beneath the waves with the same kind of intimacy and wonder that made the documentaries “Winged Migration” and “March of the Penguins” such masterpieces of nature-immersion. This was the book that first established Carson as perhaps our most prescient and influential observer of the natural world.

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BOOK JACKET:Under the Sea-wind

The Sea Around Us

BOOK JACKET:The Sea Around Us

by Rachel L. Carson
New York, Oxford University Press (1951)

The Sea Around Us is based on post World War II geographical and oceanographic evidence of the life and work of the sea. It is a study of the processes that formed the earth, the moon, and the oceans. It won the National Book Award in 1952 and made Carson an international voice for the public understanding of science.

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BOOK JACKET:The Sea Around Us

The Edge of the Sea

BOOK JACKET:The Edge of the Sea

by Rachel Carson
Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company (1955)

The Edge of the Sea is a practical guide to identifying the inhabitants of the sea which we find in the marshes, tide pools, and shallows that border it - a world which mirrors the "spectacle of life in all its varied manifestations as it has appeared, evolved, died out."Carson considers the tide lines of the eastern sea coast; the rocky shores, the sandy dunes, and the coral reefs.

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This book is available on Kindle.

BOOK JACKET:The Edge of the Sea

Silent Spring

BOOK JACKET:Silent Spring

by Rachel Carson
Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company (2002)

This 40th 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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This book is available on Kindle.

BOOK JACKET:Silent Spring
BOOK JACKET:Silent Spring

The Sense of Wonder

BOOK JACKET:The Sense of Wonder

by Rachel Carson, photographs by Charles Pratt

The Sense of Wonder, originally written as a 1950's magazine article called "Help Your Child to Wonder" and photo-illustrated after her death, details Carson's philosophy that adults need to nurture a child's inborn sense of wonder about the natural world. The new edition with glorious photographs by Nick Kelsh, printed in Italy, is the kind of beautiful book Carson imagined might someday be printed. Linda Lear has written the introduction.

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BOOK JACKET:The Sense of Wonder

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