By Craig Waddell
Craig Waddell offers essays investigating Rachel Carson’s influential 1962 booklet, Silent Spring. In his foreword, Paul Brooks, Carson’s editor at Houghton Mifflin, describes the method that ended in Silent Spring. In an afterword, Linda Lear, Carson’s fresh biographer, recollects the top of Carson’s lifestyles and descriptions the eye that Carson’s publication and Carson herself acquired from students and biographers, realization that concentrated so minutely on her lifestyles that it detracted from a spotlight on her paintings. The foreword by way of Brooks and the afterword through Lear body this exploration in the context of Carson’s lifestyles and work. Contributors are Edward P. J. Corbett, Carol B, Gartner, Cheryll Glotfelty, Randy Harris, M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Linda Lear, Ralph H. Lutts, Christine Oravec, Jacqueline S. Palmer, Markus J. Peterson, Tarla Rai Peterson, and Craig Waddell. jointly, those essays discover Silent Spring’s effectiveness in conveying its stressful message and the rhetorical thoughts that helped create its vast impression.
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2 By the following spring, sales had passed the half-million mark (Gore xvii). On 3 April 1963, CBS Reports aired "The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson," which led to a dramatic escalation of the debate (Lear, "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring" 39). Shortly after the New Yorker serialized key chapters of Silent Spring, President Kennedy mentioned in a press conference that his administration was examining the concerns Carson raised. On 15 May 1963, the Presi- Page 8 dent's Science Advisory Committee issued its report, Use of Pesticides.
The American Conservation Movement: John Muir and His Legacy. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1981. Freeman, Martha, ed. Always, Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 19521964. Boston: Beacon, 1995. Gartner, Carol B. Rachel Carson. New York: Ungar, 1983. Gore, Al. Introduction. Silent Spring. By Rachel Carson. Boston: Houghton, 1994. xvxxvi. Graham, Frank, Jr. Since Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton, 1970. Page 15 Hays, Samuel P Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 19551985.
Rachel Carson was modest about her accomplishment. . " In fact, her book helped to Page xvii make ecology, which was an unfamiliar word in those days, one of the greatest popular causes of our time. It led to environmental legislation at every level of government. As I wrote of Rachel in my biography of her, Though she had the broad view of the ecologist who studies the infinitely complex web of relationships between living things and their environment, she did not concern herself exclusively with the great impersonal forces of nature.