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Nature's Writers Trail: Carson

Library Guide for the Nature Writer's Trail.

Silent Spring

Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.

The Edge of the Sea

Once again a scientifically accurate exploration of the ecology of Atlantic seashore, but also a hauntingly beautiful account of what one can find at the edge of the sea. She explores a tide pool, and an inaccessible cave, and watches a lone crab on the shore at midnight. Each is a memorable encounter.

The Rocky Coast

Captures in text and pictures the mysterious and intensely alive world of both animal and plant life on the Atlantic Coast.

Under the Sea-Wind

Rachel Carson—pioneering environmentalist and author of Silent Spring—opens our eyes to the wonders of the natural world in her groundbreaking paean to the sea.

Lost Woods (Franklin County Public Library)

When Rachel Carson died of cancer in 1964, her four books, including the environmental classic Silent Spring, had made her one of the most famous people in America. This trove of previously uncollected writings is a priceless addition to our knowledge of Rachel Carson, her affinity with the natural world, and her life.

The Sense of Wonder (Franklin County Public Library)

Carson's account of adventures with her young nephew along the coast and through forests and fields, observing wildlife, plants, and storm clouds, is a guide to capturing the power of discovery that Carson viewed as essential to life.

The Sea Around Us (Franklin County Public Library)

The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for 31 consecutive weeks.