The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement by Mark Hamilton LytleThe Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement by Mark Hamilton Lytle

The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement

byMark Hamilton Lytle

Paperback | July 15, 2007

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Rachel Carson's Silent Spring antagonized some of the most powerful interests in the nation--including the farm block and the agricultural chemical industry--and helped launch the modern environmental movement. In The Gentle Subversive, Mark Hamilton Lytle offers a compact biography of Carson,illuminating the road that led to this vastly influential book. Lytle explores the evolution of Carson's ideas about nature, her love for the sea, her career as a biologist, and above all her emergence as a writer of extraordinary moral and ecological vision. We follow Carson from her childhood on a farm outside Pittsburgh, where she first developed her love ofnature (and where, at age eleven, she published her first piece in a children's magazine), to her graduate work at Johns Hopkins and her career with the Fish and Wildlife Service. Lytle describes the genesis of her first book, Under the Sea-Wind, the incredible success of The Sea Around Us (a NewYork Times bestseller for over a year), and her determination to risk her fame in order to write her "poison book": Silent Spring. The author contends that despite Carson's demure, lady-like demeanor, she was subversive in her thinking and aggressive in her campaign against pesticides. Carson becamethe spokeswoman for a network of conservationists, scientists, women, and other concerned citizens who had come to fear the mounting dangers of the human assault on nature. What makes this story particularly compelling is that Carson took up this cause at the very moment when she herself faced alosing battle with cancer. Succinct and engaging, The Gentle Subversive is a story of success, celebrity, controversy, and vindication. It will inspire anyone interested in protecting the natural world or in women's struggle to find a voice in society.
Mark Hamilton Lytle is a Professor of History and Environmental Studies and Chair of the American Studies Program, Bard College
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Title:The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental MovementFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 4.69 × 6.69 × 0.59 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ForewordPrologue1. Spring: Sense of Wonder: Under the Sea-Wind2. Summer: Florescence: The Sea Around Us3. Fall: The Fullness of Life: From The Edge of the Sea to DDT4. Winter: The Poison Book and the Dark Season of VindicationEpilogue: Rachel Carson: The LegacyAfterwordBibliographyIndex

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"The Gentle Subversive is an easy book to read, providing a logical and interesting account of the development of Rachel Carson as a writer and as the eventual spokeswoman/symbol for the environmental movement of the 1960s and beyond."--Kathryn Flynn, Auburn University