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What a Book Can Do: The Publication and Reception of Silent Spring (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book)

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In 1962 the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring sparked wide-spread public debate on the issue of pesticide abuse and environmental degradation. The discussion permeated the entire print and electronic media system of mid-twentieth-century America. Although Carson's text was serialized in the New Yorker, it made a significant difference that it was also published as a book. With clarity and precision, Priscilla Coit Murphy explores the importance of the book form for the author, her editors and publishers, her detractors, the media, and the public at large. Murphy reviews the publishing history of the Houghton Mifflin edition and the prior New Yorker serialization, describing Carson's approach to her project as well as the views and expectations of her editors. She also documents the response of opponents to Carson's message, notably the powerful chemical industry, including efforts to undermine, delay, or stop publication altogether. Murphy then investigates the media's role, showing that it went well beyond providing a forum for debate. In addition, she analyzes the perceptions and expectations of the general public regarding the book, the debate, and the media. By probing all of these perspectives, Murphy sheds new light on the dynamic between newsmaking books, the media, and the public. In the process, she addresses a host of broader questions about the place of books in American culture, past, present, and future.

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ISBN:
9781558495821
Author:
Murphy, Priscilla Coit
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Authors and publishers
Subject:
Carson, Rachel
Subject:
Authors and publishers -- United States.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
254
Dimensions:
8.96x6.80x.71 in. 1.00 lbs.

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