NPR news piece about Rachel Carson – author of A Fable
Listen to the NPR news piece about Rachel Carson the author of A Fable for
Tomorrow. You will note that the radio article mentions a few attacks against Carson.
What are the attacks and why are they misguide d?
Rachel Carson. from “Silent Spring” (Houghton Miffin 1962).
A FABLE FOR TOMORROW
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 of bloom drifted above the green fields. In autumn oak and also maple and birch set up a blaze of color that flamed and flickered across a backdrop of pines. Then foxes barked in the hills and deer silently crossed the fields half hidden in the mists of the fall mornings.
Along the roads laurel viburnum and alder great ferns and wildflowers delighted the traveler’s eye through much of the year. Even in winter the roadsides were places of beauty where countless birds came to feed on the berries also on the seed heads of the dried weeds rising above the snow. The country- side was in fact famous for the abundance and variety of its bird life and when the flood of migrants was pouring through in spring and fall people traveled from great distances to observe them. Others came to fish the streams which flowed clear also cold out of the hills and contained shady pools where trout lay. So it had been from the days many years ago when the first settlers raised their houses sank their wells and built their barns.