Rachel Carson

Carson, Rachel Louise

Rachel Louise Carson, 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 many places flawed—study of the dangers of certain insecticides, is generally acknowledged as the impetus for the modern environmental movement.

See biographies by J. Harlan (1989), L. Lear (1997), M. H. Lytle (2007), and W. Souder (2012).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Rachel Carson: Selected full-text books and articles

Dreamers & Defenders: American Conservationists By Douglas H. Strong University of Nebraska Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Rachel Carson"
Rachel Carson Revisited By Allen, Brooke The Hudson Review, Vol. 66, No. 1, Spring 2013
Dogmas and Dreams: A Reader in Modern Political Ideologies By Nancy S. Love Chatham House Publishers, 1998 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "The Obligation to Endure," an excerpt from Silent Spring begins on p. 569
The Environmental Debate: A Documentary History By Peninah Neimark; Peter Rhoades Mott Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Document 99 "Rachel Carson's Silent Spring 1962"
The Compassionate Conservative: Assuming Responsibility and Respecting Human Dignity By Joseph J. Jacobs ICS Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: discussion of Silent Spring begins on p. 71
America in the Sixties--Right, Left, and Center: A Documentary History By Peter B. Levy Praeger, 1998
Librarian’s tip: An excerpt from Carson's 1963 testimony before the Ribicoff Committee begins on p. 53
Biographical Dictionary of American and Canadian Naturalists and Environmentalists By Keir B. Sterling; Richard P. Harmond; George A. Cevasco; Lorne F. Hammond Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Carson biography begins on p. 137
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