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And No Birds Sing

And No Birds Sing

Rhetorical Analyses of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

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Edited by Craig Waddell. Foreword by Paul Brooks. Afterword by Linda Lear


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256 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 1 illustrations


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Craig Waddell presents essays investigating Rachel Carson’s influential 1962 book, Silent Spring. In his foreword, Paul Brooks, Carson’s editor at Houghton Mifflin, describes the process that resulted in Silent Spring. In an afterword, Linda Lear, Carson’s recent biographer, recalls the end of Carson’s life and outlines the attention that Carson’s book and Carson herself received from scholars and biographers, attention that focused so minutely on her life that it detracted from a focus on her work. The foreword by Brooks and the afterword by Lear frame this exploration within the context of Carson’s life 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. Together, these essays explore Silent Spring’seffectiveness in conveying its disturbing message and the rhetorical strategies that helped create its wide influence.


Craig Waddell is an associate professor of rhetoric at Michigan Technological University. He is also editor of Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and the Environment.


“This collection of original critical and contexting essays, And No Birds Sing, provides rhetorical analyses and additional materials aiding further analyses of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, one of the most significant public documents in setting citizen and policy agendas in this half century. As the first volume of rhetorical analysis on this important work, Waddell’s collection makes a major contribution to contemporary rhetoric, rhetoric of the environment, history of the environmental movement, Rachel Carson studies, and contemporary American culture.”—Charles Bazerman, author of Constructing Experience