By Craig Waddell
Craig Waddell provides essays investigating Rachel Carson’s influential 1962 publication, Silent Spring. In his foreword, Paul Brooks, Carson’s editor at Houghton Mifflin, describes the method that led to Silent Spring. In an afterword, Linda Lear, Carson’s contemporary biographer, remembers the tip of Carson’s lifestyles and descriptions the eye that Carson’s booklet and Carson herself got from students and biographers, consciousness that targeted so minutely on her existence that it detracted from a spotlight on her paintings. The foreword by way of Brooks and the afterword by means of Lear body this exploration in the context of Carson’s lifestyles 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 irritating message and the rhetorical options that helped create its large impact.
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Fortunately, it did mean something to Rachel and has to readers throughout the world. When Silent Spring was published in late September 1962, Rachel was well aware of the storm that it would arouse in the pesticide industry The attacks began even before the book's publication, when extracts appeared in the New Yorker The National Agricultural Chemical Association spent a quarter of a million dollars to discredit the book in the press and on television. The result was more publicity than Houghton Mifflin could possibly have afforded.
This relative indifference to the hazards of pesticides in the first half of the century stands in stark contrast to the vocal outcry following the publication of Silent Spring. 2 Page 19 Why is it that the book's publication in 1962 had such a major impact upon the public? The answer to this question might reveal a great deal about the origins of contemporary environmental concerns, but no one has examined it systematically. A number of answers have been suggested, focusing most often upon Carson's extraordinary skill and reputation as a writer, the general circumstances surrounding the rise of pesticide use and misuse, the publisher's marketing strategy, and the chemical industry's response.
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