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Main Title Rachel Carson : witness for nature /
Author Lear, Linda J.,
Publisher Henry Holt and Company,
Year Published 1997
OCLC Number 36621744
ISBN 0805034277; 9780805034271; 0805034285; 9780805034288
Subjects Biologists--United States--Biography ; Environmentalists--United States--Biography ; Science writers--United States--Biography ; Ecologists--United States--Biography ; Pesticiden ; Milieutoxicologie
Additional Subjects Carson, Rachel,--1907-1964
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EIAM  QH31.C33L43 1997 Region 2 Library/New York,NY 08/24/2012
EJAM WISE QH31.C33L43 1997 1 cy IRC, 1 cy WISE Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 09/13/2013
EJEM  QH31.C33L43 1997 OCSPP Chemical Library/Washington,DC 11/07/1997
EOAM  QH31.C33L43 1997 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 03/13/1999
ESAM  QH31.C33L43 1997 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 11/07/1997
Edition 1st ed.
Collation xviii, 634 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 585-609) and index.
Contents Notes
Wild creatures are my friends -- The vision splendid -- The decision for science -- Something to write about -- Just to live by writing -- Return to the sea -- Such a comfort to me -- A subject very close to my heart -- Kin this be me? -- An Alice in Wonderland character -- Nothing lives to itself -- Between the tide lines -- One must dream greatly -- I shall rant a little, too -- The red queen -- If I live to be 90 -- A solemn obligation -- Rumblings of an avalanche -- I shall remember the monarchs. By drawing on previously unavailable sources and on interviews with those who knew her, Linda Lear gives a compelling portrait of this heroic woman, illuminating the origin of her connection with nature and of her determination to save what she loved. Lear reveals the unexpected influence of Carson's early experience with industrial pollution and examines her life-changing encounter with the possibility of global extinction in the frightening days of the early Cold War. The book follows Carson's efforts to become a marine biologist at a time when women were unwelcome in the academic community. It shows how her connections with nature were confirmed and strengthened through her work as a government scientist and editor, where her views about the potential dangers of synthetic chemical pesticides evolved. By the late 1950s, Carson had transformed colorless government research into three brilliant, popular books about the sea, including The Sea Around Us, and had become the most respected science writer in America. Rachel Carson challenged the culture of her time and, in the process, shaped a powerful social movement that altered the course of American history.