Always, Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964

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Rachel Carson, Dorothy Freeman, Martha E. Freeman
Beacon Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 567 pages
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Rachel Carson, whose brave and lyrical Silent Spring set in motion the modern environmental movement, was an extremely private public figure. Her friendship with Dorothy Freeman was begun in 1953, when Carson was forty-six, after Freeman wrote to the already-famous author. Their friendship, formed around mutual love of the Maine seashore and on an almost immediate emotional recognition, quickly gained in intensity. The friendship with Freeman became Carson's most important emotional haven and her richest source of creative support during the last twelve years of her life. Always, Rachel is first of all a record of a moving, complex, and sustained friendship between two women. It is the first revealing autobiographical writing we have from Carson. The letters span the writing of The Edge of the Sea and of Silent Spring. They illuminate the creative turmoil Carson underwent as she wrote, her moments of despair and then of calm assurance that she had done what she imagined doing, and her sense of destiny as a writer. Always, Rachel reveals for the first time the nearly crushing family and physical burdens under which Carson wrote Silent Spring - that she was dying of cancer as she was writing the book that was to change our view and use of environmental toxins.

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ALWAYS, RACHEL: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964

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A profusion of artful letters, the greater part from the mellifluous pen of Carson, detailing everyday life while writing The Edge of the Sea and Silent Spring. It's a wonder that Carson ever had a ... Read full review

Always, Rachel: the letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964

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In 1952, after publishing The Sea Around Us, Carson struck up a unique friendship with Freeman that was to sustain both women until Carson's death in 1964. Although both were prolific letter writers ... Read full review


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Rachel Carson (1907-1964) spent most of her professional life as a marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. By the late 1950s, she had written three lyrical, popular books about the sea, including the best-selling The Sea Around Us, and had become the most respected science writer in America. She completed Silent Spring against formidable personal odds, and with it shaped a powerful social movement that has altered the course of history.

Martha Freeman is the author of Stink Bomb Mom, a comic novel for children. She wrote and edited hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines before tiring of real life and returning to fiction. A native Californian, she now lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children.

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