First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962, 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. Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations . . . [It is] well crafted, fearless and succinct . . . Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters” (Peter Matthiessen, for Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the Century). This fortieth anniversary edition celebrates Rachel Carson’s watershed book with a new introduction by the author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and a new afterword by the acclaimed Rachel Carson biographer Linda Lear, who tells the story of Carson’s courageous defense of her truths in the face of ruthless assault from the chemical industry in the year following the publication of Silent Spring and before her untimely death in 1964.
About the Author
Award-winning author Rachel Carson (1907-1964) was one of the greatest American natural history writers of the twentieth century. In addition to the environmental classic "Silent Spring", her books include "Under the Sea Wind", "The Edge of the Sea, "and "The Sea Around Us", which has sold more than one million copies, been translated into twenty-eight languages, and won the National Book Award and John Burroughs Award.
Linda Lear is the editor of Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson. She was consultant to the PBS television documentary "The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson" for The American Experience, and is a founder of the Lear/Carson archive at Connecticut College. Her most recent book is Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature. She lives in Bethesda, MD.
Edward O. Wilson, one of the world's preeminent biologists, is the author of more than twenty-five books, including "Sociobiology", the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Ants", and the best-selling novel "Anthill". A professor emeritus at Harvard University, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.