Modern Culture08 Aug 2010 07:14 am
In 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, the book that first alerted readers to the dangers of DDT. Not only did her book lead to the banning of the pesticide in 1972; it is credited with launching the entire modern environmental movement. It was a sensation. But when Carson published it, she was already a best-selling author.
Silent Spring was preceded in 1951 by The Sea Around Us, an exploration of ocean life. Like Carson’s most favorite book, The Sea Around Us began as a series of articles in The New Yorker magazine. Propelled by serialization in one of the leading literary publications of the day, the book was a hit. It’s not hard to see why: the chapter on the Sargasso Sea is particularly good.
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