Most people know Rachel Carson wrote books before Silent Spring. Many libraries have a copy of The Sea Around Us.
But until now it’s been difficult to impossible to get anything else Carson wrote, or said. This unavailability boosts hoaxsters who create false tales about Carson’s intentions and motivations.
Comes now the Library of America series with a well curated volume that collects Carson’s writings, especially the shorter and sometimes more polemic pieces.
Just in time for the annual trotting out of hoaxes around DDT and malaria, for World Malaria Day, April 25.
If I ruled the world and time, I’d go back 20 years and replace President Trump’s bedside books with this one.
And mind you, I’ve not read it yet.
Tip of the old scrub brush to Professor Joanne Freeman.