Henry David Thoreau is considered one of the first environmentalist writers. His 1904 book “Walden” chronicled a time in the author’s life when he lived alone in the wilderness for more than two years in order to listen to the earth. There were earlier works that mystified and mythologized the wild, but Thoreau’s book challenged people to do more than enjoy the wilderness. He urged his readers to protect it.
The environmental movement really picked up in the 1960’s after “Silent Spring” was published by Rachel Carson in 1962. This book really showed the public the harm of DDT and hence the harm that humans have on the environment. It continues to be read in environmental classes and is what I would consider to the face of environmental literature.
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