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" THERE WAS ONCE a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with fields of grain and hillsides of orchards where, in spring, white clouds... "
Silent Spring - Page 1
by Rachel Carson - 2002 - 378 pages
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Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth

Paula Marantz Cohen Professor of Humanities Drexel University - Performing Arts - 2001 - 234 pages
...were ignorant of until Carson's warning. The following paragraphs are the opening of Silent Spring, 1 There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surtoundings. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with fields of grain...
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The Symbolic Earth: Discourse and Our Creation of the Environment

James Gerard Cantrill - History
...dependent upon our intuitive and inspired response for its survival. Carson's "Fable for Tomorrow" tells of a "town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings" ( 1 962, p. 1 3 ). This edenic state falters when "a strange blight," "an evil spell" wrought by the...
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Thinking Through the Environment: A Reader

Mark J. Smith - Nature - 1999 - 435 pages
...Yorki. Source: Tim O'Riordan (1981l, Envimnmentalism, London: Pion Books, pp. 1-12. L5a Rachel Carson A fable for tomorrow There was once a town in the...of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with fields ol grain and hillsides of orchards where, in spring, white clouds of bloom drifted above the green...
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Environmental Activists

John F. Mongillo, Bibi Booth - Biography & Autobiography - 2001 - 356 pages
...dangers, it was Carson who struck upon the metaphor that would draw all these dire warnings to a point. "There was once a town in the heart of America where...life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings. . . . Then a strange blight crept over the area and everything began to change. . . . There was a strange...
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Novel Shakespeares: Twentieth-century Women Novelists and Appropriation

Julie Sanders - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 258 pages
...entitled 'A Fable for Tomorrow', strikes a remarkably familiar note to readers of A Thousand Acres: There was once a town in the heart of America where all lite seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of...
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Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture

Carolyn Merchant - Nature - 2004 - 308 pages
...awaiting the time when it will merge again into a higher heavenly paradise. PART III 4 /* Q/Ve ew> NINE THERE WAS ONCE A TOWN IN THE HEART OF AMERICA WHERE...WHITE CLOUDS OF BLOOM DRIFTED ABOVE THE GREEN FIELDS. . . . THEN A STRANGE BLIGHT CREPT OVER THE AREA AND EVERYTHING BEGAN TO CHANGE. . . . THERE WAS A STRANGE...
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Rachel Carson: A Biography

Arlene Rodda Quaratiello - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 138 pages
...bears a striking resemblance to Carson's hometown of Springdale, Pennsylvania, during her childhood: "There was once a town in the heart of America where...white clouds of bloom drifted above the green fields" (Carson 1962: 1). Following a description of the beauty of the other seasons and the abundance of wildlife,...
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Kicking the Sacred Cow: Questioning the Unquestionable and Thinking the ...

James P. Hogan - Science - 2004 - 374 pages
...first chapter, "Fable for Tomorrow," which in execution and effect must be described as brilliant. "There was once a town in the heart of America where...white clouds of bloom drifted above the green fields." The idyllic picture is developed at some length and concludes, "So it had been from the days many years...
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Literature and the Environment

George Hart, Scott Slovic - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 197 pages
...American town. This fictionalized ordinary scene starts out in fairytale fashion, full of pastoral beauty: The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous...hillsides of orchards where, in spring, white clouds of blossom drifted above the green fields. In autumn, oak and maple and birch set up a blaze of color...
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Conserving Words: How American Nature Writers Shaped the Environmental Movement

Daniel J. Philippon - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 373 pages
...industrial and scientific "progress."26 Carson opened her book with "A Fable for Tomorrow," a portrait of "a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings" — at least until "a strange blight crept over the area and everything began to change" (13). After...
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