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Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson

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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.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Beacon Press (first published 1998)
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David Schaafsma
Making America Great Again

From “Mr. Day’s Dismissal”: A Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, April 22, 1953.

In 1952 Republicans won the White House and immediately began dismantling environmental protections in favor of big business concerns. Day was fired as Secretary of the Interior and replaced by a political appointee with no experience in environmental work. I know this is shocking to read, because no current administration would do something this stupid with the natural world curre
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Jennifer Chin
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at the forces that shaped Carson's life before she wrote Silent Spring, and a great portrait into some of her deeper passions and ambitions.
Grady McCallie
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-chosen collection of writings of Rachel Carson, spanning her career and offering insight into her development as an ecologist, writer, and advocate. The selections include articles, personal letters, book prefaces, public speeches, and excerpts from Carson's field notebooks. Many of the pieces themselves are slightly formal in style - the descriptions of natural habitats are lyric; virtually all offer incisive observations about the natural world. Editor Linda Lear, who has published a bi ...more
Rift Vegan
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, rachel-carson
What a wonderful book! My favorite parts were... Her field notes: haha funny story about a little dog! "The Real World Around Us": just wow. "Clouds": something totally different. And I was happily surprised by "Preface to Animal Machines": factory farming was just beginning in Europe, and Rachel Carson was concerned about animal welfare.
Sara Takacs
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Get acquainted or re-acquainted with Rachel Carson. Her prose is beautiful and her plea to take care of our planet, well, more relevant than ever!
Skylinebal
Wonderfully informative about a deep thinker and compassionate leader.
Kathy
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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About sundown the island, that had lain so silent all day long, began to come to life. Then the forms of large, dark birds could be seen moving among its trees, and hoarse cries that brought to mind thoughts of ancient, reptilian monsters came across the water. Sometimes one of the birds would emerge from the shadows and fly across our shore, then revealing itself as a great blue heron out for an evening’s fishing.
It was during those early evening hours that the sense of mystery that in
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David Melbie
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nature lovers
Recommended to David by: Library pick
Enjoyed this little book.
Louis
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes under a halogen with luck you'll meet the greatest writing in the world for yourself. More sensitive than Tolstoy, more informative wiki. At every time feeling disconnected I open it with my thumb and reguardless of the place I sink in and it is possible to read Rachel Carson's dedication for Claude DeBussy's newest work titled "La Mer", she had been called above all others because she thinks and responds to The Ocean as if it had the personality of a walking talking human being, a mos ...more
Louis Profeta
I remember reading Rachel Carson in school, The Silent Spring, this book is full of her speeches, essays, and responses to environmental questions that seem very current, with it's content and her excellent style of speaking and writing as a poet would.There are very beautiful thoughts when she speaks of the ocean and tells of the living ocean being similar to human life and the caring it gives us.
Sherrida Woodley
Oct 15, 2010 is currently reading it
Another book on Rachel Carson that looks closely at her ethic and her vision. With the upcoming 50th anniversary of her book "Silent Spring" beginning to bring her name back to a new generation (or 2) of readers, I want to address her influence in my life. This book, I've heard, will help me hone in on some other facets of her life, lesser known but just as fascinating.
Jen
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really love this book.
Sara
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Only got halfway through before it was due back at the library -- need to check it back out and finish it.
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Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: environmentalism
A good introduction to the the writings of Rachel Carson. Short readings covering the range of her thought as well as more her life. I now plan to read Silent Spring.
C.A. Chicoine
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This is a great book to introduce readers to Rachael Carson and her work.
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Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won
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