About the Exhibition

This version (updated in February 2020) implements the Environment & Society Portal’s new responsive exhibition template and includes minor content updates from author Mark Stoll. A PDF of the original 2012 exhibition is available here.


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 and suggestions 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, Joachim Radkau, and Verena Winiwarter.

About the Author

Exhibition author Mark Stoll in front of the Aldo Leopold Shack.

Mark Stoll is professor of history at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and is working on an environmental history of capitalism. Stoll is author of two books, Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism (2015), and Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America (1997), as well as chapters on the influence of religion on Rachel Carson and E. O. Wilson. He has edited “Nature and Human Societies,” a book series for ABC-Clio on world environmental history, and with Dianne Glave co-edited “To Love the Wind and the Rain”: African Americans and Environmental History (2006).


How to cite:

Stoll, Mark. “Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a Book That changed the World.” Environment & Society Portal, Virtual Exhibitions 2012, no. 1 [updated 6 February 2020]. Version 2.0. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. https://doi.org/10.5282/rcc/8842.

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