Rachel Carson: Chronology of Events Leading to the Writing of Silent Spring
The chronology of events leading up to the writing of 'Silent Spring' by Rachel Carson.
- July 15 -- Wrote letter to Reader's Digest proposing an article about DDT's effects on nature. Letter rejected.
- Adopted her grandnephew, Roger Christie, after the death of his mother.
- Long Island case in which counties were suing to stop the government from spraying their land.
- January -- Olga Huckins wrote a letter to Carson describing the detrimental effects of pesticides on her bird sanctuary.
- Stopped Reader's Digest from publishing pesticide article about beneficial aerial spraying.
- February 7 -- E.B. White suggested she write the magazine article about the Long Island case.
- February -- Decided to write a magazine article, possibly a brief book.
- December -- Mother died.
- Hired Jeanne Davis as an assistant.
- Spring -- Learned she had malignant cancer.
- June 16 -- New Yorker publishes first of series of excerpts from Silent Spring.
- Fall -- Silent Spring published.