Virtual Exhibitions 2012, no. 1


Mark Stoll

This virtual exhibition presents the global reception and impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as well as the book’s legacy in popular culture, music, literature, and the arts. Read chronologically starting with the overview, or go directly to a specific chapter that interests you by clicking on the navigation slider below.


First, I must thank Kimberly Coulter and Christof Mauch of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, who invited me to author this website and provided continued support, aided by Andreas Grieger. Thanks, too, to Randy McBee, chair of the History Department of Texas Tech University, for generous departmental support. Kerry Fine, my research assistant, did excellent work locating many sources and images and handling most of the paperwork and negotiations with owners of images. She also researched the literary and poetic responses to Silent Spring. A visit to the Beinecke Library at Yale University was very helpful, made more so by the kind assistance of Karen Nangle, Louise Bernard, and Naomi Saito. I have been looking at the international reception of Silent Spring off and on for a decade, and gratefully acknowledge comments from Peter Coates, Jacqueline Cramer, Jens Ivo Engels, Nils M. Franke, William Gray, Marcus Hall, Maril Hazlett, Kai Hünemörder, Andrew Jamison, Martin Kylhammar, Linda Lear, and Joachim Radkau.

Mark Stoll

Portrait of Mark Stoll
Exhibition author Mark Stoll in front of the Aldo Leopold Shack. © Mark Harvey.
Mark Stoll is associate professor of history at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He researches how religion has influenced ideas about nature and the environment. His book, Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America, was published in 1997. He has recently published chapters on the influence of religion on Rachel Carson and E. O. Wilson as well as articles about John Milton’s influence on the idea of national parks and the Calvinist origins of the American conservation movement. He edited a book series for ABC-Clio on world environmental history entitled “Nature and Human Societies” and with Dianne Glave co-edited “To Love the Wind and the Rain”: African Americans and Environmental History.

How to cite:

Stoll, Mark. “Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a Book that changed the World.” Environment & Society Portal, Virtual Exhibitions 2012, no. 1. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.

ISSN 2198-7696 Environment & Society Portal, Virtual Exhibitions