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


Craig Waddell presents essays investigating Rachel Carson's influential 1962 book, Silent Spring. In his foreword Paul Brook, Carson's editor ar Houghton Mifflin, describes the process that resulted in Silent Spring. In an after word, Linda Lear, Carson's recent biographer, recalls the end of Carson's life an outlines the attention that Carson's book and Carson herself received form scholars and biographers, tension that focused so minutely on her life that it detracted from a focus on her work. The of reword by Brooks and the afterward by Lear frame this exploration within the context of Carson's life and work.

Contributors are Edward P. J. Corbett, Carol B. Gartner, Cheryll Glotfelty, Randy Harris, M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Ralp H. Lutts, Christine Oravec, Jacqueline S. Palmer, Markus J. Peterson, Tarla Rai Peterson, and Craig Waddell. Together, these essays explore Silent Spring effectiveness in conveying its disturbing message and the rhetorical strategies that helped create its wide influence.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Tarla Rai Peterson
  • Markus J. Peterson
  • Randy Harris
  • M. Jimmie Killingsworth
  • Jacqueline S. Palmer
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Carbondale, IL
Publication year:
  • 2000


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