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My Works

Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature.

A compelling biography of Rachel Carson, illuminating the origin of her connection with nature and her determination to save what she loved. Silent Spring transformed the nature of the debate about what science and technology were about in the 20th century. Winner of the 1998 prize for the best book on women in science. Still the definitive life.

Introduction to "Undersea" by Rachel Carson.

Carson's first published essay from "The Atlantic Monthly" in 1937 reprinted here in a luxury edition by David Pascoe of Nakawan Press, with water-color drawings and and afterword by naturalist and nature write Julia Whitty. (September 2010)

Introduction to Under the Sea-Wind, by Rachel Carson. Penguin US.

Carson's first book was published in 1941 and buried by the outbreak of World War II. Republished in 1952 it became a best seller. Now the author's original foreword has been reprinted for the first time, along with illustrations that Carson commissioned by Howard Frech. Linda Lear, Carson's biographer, has written an introduction explaining just why this first book meant so much to Carson and should be remembered.

Introduction to the 40th anniversary edition of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Introduction by Linda Lear, Afterword by E. O. Wilson (Houghton Mifflin, 2002)

Lear writes about why Silent Spring is even more relevant to our lives than ever and how our arrogance toward nature is the root cause of much of our modern alienation.

Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson

(Beacon, 1998)A trove of Carson writing Lear uncovered during the course of writing Carson’s biography. Included are examples of her nature writing, her speeches, her letters, and unpublished work, illuminating her courage in the midst of the culture of silence and her determination to save what she could of the world she loved.

Introduction to The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson

The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson
Introduction by Linda Lear
(HarperCollins, 1998)

This is a new edition of Carson's posthumously published work that she hoped to have a chance to develop into a larger book. It was first published in 1956 as a "Help Your Child to Wonder" in Woman's Home Companion,(July 1956).This new editions features glorious photographs by Nick Kelsh taken near Carson's cottage in Maine. I have always wanted to write an introduction to this book and so pleased to have been asked to contribute. This was one of Carson's favorite pieces of writing as it is mine.

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature

Although Beatrix Potter is a household name around the world, her personal life and her significant achievements remain largely unknown. Potter's life was inspired and entriched by nature. She was first an artist and scientific illustrator, who found fame as the creator of "Peter Rabbit" and twenty-three other famous little books for children. But after the tragic death of her fiance, Potter reinvented herself as a successful landowner and country farmer. She became a conservationist in order to preserve the landscape that inspired her art, and through her bequests to the National Trust, she saved whole areas of the Lake District of England for posterity.

Beatrix Potter Chronology

Highlights from the life of Beatrix Potter between 1866 and 1945.

Conversation with Linda Lear

Questions and Answers regarding the book Beatrix Potter, A Life in Nature

Beatrix Potter - Part 1: The Story to Now

Beatrix Potter was born to wealth and privilege in 1866, the only daughter of a Nonconformist family from the north who renounced their roots in trade for a place in London society. Number 2 Bolton Gardens, Potters' home in South Kensington, was managed according to the regimens of Victorian propriety.

Beatrix Potter - Part 2: “The Rest of the Story.”...

Helen Beatrix Potter, a 39-year-old spinster from London became the unlikely owner of Hill Top, a seventeenth-century farm on the edge of Near Sawrey in Lancashire, in the autumn of 1905. With a small legacy from an aunt and the royalties from her little books, she had bravely purchased the thirty-four-acre working farm.

Beatrix Potter - Part 3: Beatrix Potter was not the daughter her Victorian mother expected...

Reticent rather than shy, she was a sharp observer of society but a reluctant participant in it. She commented wryly on people in a journal written in a secret code, and listened intently to conversation, picking up dialect and delighting in the sound of words, like "lippity, lippity" and "soporific."