In September of 1962, the first edition of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” hit bookstore shelves. Fifty years and two million copies later, the book is widely regarded as the catalyst of the modern environmental movement.
In “Silent Spring,” Carson wrote in eloquent and sometimes sentimental prose about effects of manmade pesticides on the natural world — and on humankind. A scientific book written for the general public, the title helped spawn a revolution.
In this week’s NY Times Magazine, journalist Eliza Griswold explores Carson’s legacy in a sprawling feature article that has us yearning to re-read the environmental classic. It’s long, yes, but it’s a fascinating read, full of interesting insight into her life and work. Highly recommended.
Read the article here.
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