By Craig Waddell
Craig Waddell offers essays investigating Rachel Carson’s influential 1962 ebook, Silent Spring. In his foreword, Paul Brooks, Carson’s editor at Houghton Mifflin, describes the method that ended in Silent Spring. In an afterword, Linda Lear, Carson’s fresh biographer, recollects the tip of Carson’s existence and descriptions the eye that Carson’s booklet and Carson herself got from students and biographers, cognizance that concentrated so minutely on her lifestyles that it detracted from a spotlight on her paintings. The foreword via Brooks and the afterword via Lear body this exploration in the context of Carson’s existence and work. Contributors are Edward P. J. Corbett, Carol B, Gartner, Cheryll Glotfelty, Randy Harris, M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Linda Lear, Ralph H. Lutts, Christine Oravec, Jacqueline S. Palmer, Markus J. Peterson, Tarla Rai Peterson, and Craig Waddell. jointly, those essays discover Silent Spring’s effectiveness in conveying its annoying message and the rhetorical innovations that helped create its huge impact.
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She felt a spiritual as well as a physical closeness to the individual creatures about whom she wrote: a sense of identification that is an essential element in her literary style. " If I had to choose a single revealing moment during my long friendship with Rachel, it would be shortly after dusk one July evening at her Maine cottage, while she was working on The Edge of the Sea. We had spent an hour after supper examining minute sea creatures under her brightly lit binocular microscope: tube worms, rhythmically projecting and withdrawing their pink, fanlike tentacles in search of invisible food; tiny snails on fronds of seaweed; flowerlike hydroids; green sponges, whose ancestry goes back to the earliest record of life on earth.
Page xix Acknowledgments The editor and contributors gratefully acknowledge use of the Rachel Carson Papers, The Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Excerpts from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Copyright © 1962 by Rachel L. Carson, renewed 1990 by Roger Christie. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Co. All rights reserved. Excerpts from unpublished and oral Rachel Carson material. Copyright © 1998 by Roger Christie. Reprinted by permission of Frances Collin, Trustee u-w-o Rachel Carson.
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And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring by Craig Waddell