And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Rachel Carson's by Craig Waddell

By Craig Waddell

Craig Waddell provides essays investigating Rachel Carson’s influential 1962 booklet, 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 fresh biographer, remembers the tip of Carson’s lifestyles and descriptions the eye that Carson’s publication and Carson herself obtained from students and biographers, cognizance that concentrated so minutely on her lifestyles that it detracted from a spotlight on her paintings. The foreword by way of Brooks and the afterword via 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 worrying message and the rhetorical innovations that helped create its broad impact.  

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To most authors, this would seem like an ideal situation: an established reputation, freedom to choose one's own subject, publishers more than ready to contract for anything one wrote. It might have been assumed that her next book would be in a field that offered the same joy in research as did its predecessors. Indeed she had such projects in mind. But this was not to be. While working for the Fish and Wildlife Service during World War II, Rachel and her scientific colleagues had become alarmed by the widespread use of DDT and other long-lasting poisons in so-called agricultural control programs.

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