Rachel Carson

(1755 words)
  • Stephen Johnson (William Penn University)
  • Mary Stark (Central College Iowa)

Rachel Carson is perhaps best known now as the author of Silent Spring. She was persuasive enough in her writing of this book to catch the attention of President Kennedy. Stewart Udall, former Secretary of the Interior, championed her, and Jimmy Carter awarded her posthumously the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in 1980. Before publishing Silent Spring, Carson was best known for her three books about the sea. She was, above all, a writer who celebrated a “sense of wonder” about the natural world.

Rachel was born into average circumstances on May 27th 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Money problems concerned her parents, Robert and Maria Carson. In addition, health problems plagued …

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Citation:
Johnson, Stephen, Mary Stark. "Rachel Carson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 May 2005
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