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Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson photographed in Maryland on September 24, 1962. (Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection)

Major works:
Under the Sea-WindThe Sea Around UsThe Edge of the SeaSilent Spring

“In her lyrical intuitions and extraordinary ear for the precision and balance of well-fashioned English sentences, her work transcends most so-called nature writing, earning a place as real literature beyond all genres that will endure to inspire those who follow. Rachel Carson is still insufficiently recognized for what she is and always will be, an American writer who escapes her several categories to endow us with some of the finest prose in the English language.”—Peter Matthiessen

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Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road—the one less traveled by—offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.

Read a passage from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
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