How a scientist became Rachel Carson

The author of Silent Spring was a government biologist when she was asked to produce a brochure for the federal Fisheries Bureau, Maria Popova writes: "When she turned in something infinitely more poetic than her supervisor had envisioned, he asked her to rewrite the brochure but encouraged her to submit the piece as an essay for the Atlantic monthly. She did." The essay was accepted and became part of Carson's first book, The Sea Around Us.

A few years ago, I read "On a Farther Shore," by William Souder and enjoyed learning about Carson's career and personal life. She was an amazing woman with incredible insight and strength. Now, I'll look for "Always Rachel," and look forward to reading the letters too.