The sea trilogy Under the sea-wind ; The sea around us ; The edge of the sea

Rachel Carson, 1907-1964

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The pioneering naturalist's works exploring the Earth's oceans.

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Library of America ; 352.
New York, NY : The Library of America [2021].
Item Description
Under the sea-wind originally published in the United States of America by Simon and Schuster in 1941. The sea around us originally published by Oxford University Press in 1951. The edge of the sea originally published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin & Co. in 1955.
Physical Description
xxvii, 743 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Rachel Carson, 1907-1964 (-)
Other Authors
Sandra Steingraber (editor)
  • Under the sea-wind
  • The sea around us
  • The edge of the sea
  • Other writings:
  • Shad going the way of the buffalo ;
  • Undersea ;
  • Memo to Mrs. Eales on Under the sea-wind.
Review by Library Journal Review

Appearing for the first time in a single volume are environmentalist Carson's first three books, Under the Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1951), and The Edge of the Sea (1955), whose popularity set the stage for her epoch-making Silent Spring. Carson's genius for synthesizing scientific data and balancing expository passages with beautiful, emotive language carries the layperson from the primordial past to the current moment, fathoming the ocean's mysterious depths or beachcombing along their encircling tidal zones, the theater of our own "dim, ancestral beginnings." The science may have aged somewhat, but books' endless curiosity and sense of wonder feel fresh and persuasive, and one must ponder (as biologist Sandra Steingraber does in her thoughtful introduction) how stirringly Carson might have written about the current plight of our seas and planet. VERDICT Taken together these books represent a high-water mark in popular science writing. A still-timely immersion, for readers young and old, in the preciousness and fragility of our home.

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