Lost Woods

Author(s) : Rachel Carson

Lost Woods

Book Details

  • Publisher : Canongate
  • Published : April 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 288
  • Category :
    Forthcoming
  • Catalogue No : 96344
  • ISBN 13 : 9781786898937
  • ISBN 10 : 1786898934

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'Our origins are of the earth. And so there is in us a deeply seated response to the natural universe, which is part of our humanity.' Rachel Carson was one of the most important environmental thinkers and writers of the twentieth century. This collection brings together previously unpublished work, essays, field journals, speeches, articles and letters to create a biography of Carson's thought: a deeply personal picture of her evolution as an environmentalist and activist. Lost Woods reveals a profound insight into the fragility of the natural world and our impact on it, and the birth of Carson's lifelong campaign to bring international attention to the monumental challenges facing us. That we are finally becoming aware of the environmental emergency is thanks in no small part to her prescient call to alarm.

Reviews and Endorsements

"Lyric, descriptive, informative and moving" ― New York Times

"This combination of science and scintillating prose provides fascinating insights into the mysteries of the tides . . . a masterpiece of ecological writing" ― Guardian

"Lost Woods gives a new generation an opportunity to rediscover the legendary biologist and ecologist . . . These writings - essays, letters, magazine pieces, speeches - show us the evolution of a decent woman from scholar to warrior for all that's right" ― Washington Post

"Rereading her natural histories, what stands out is how beautiful the writing is. Carson combined a scientist's ability to see with a novelist's ability to imagine" ― New Yorker


About the Author(s)

Rachel Carson (1907-64) wanted to be a writer for as long as she could remember. Her first book, Under the Sea Wind, appeared in 1941. Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the dangers of the misuse of pesticides, was published in 1962. Carson's articles on natural history appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Reader's Digest and Holiday. An ardent ecologist and preservationist, Carson warned against the dumping of atomic waste at sea and predicted global warming. The Edge of the Sea, which completed her biography of the sea, is also published in Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics. Rachel Carson died of cancer at the age of 56.

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