About Linda Lear
Author and Creator of this Website
Linda Lear, biographer and historian,
holds a Ph.D. in History from George Washington University. She has served as a
Senior Smithsonian Research Associate, a Beinecke Fellow, Research Professor of
Environmental History at George Washington University and Senior Research Scholar
in History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is currently Senior Fellow of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives at Connecticut College where she is a Trustee Emeritus. Lear also serves on the Board of the Washington Independent Review of Books, an on-line book reviewing site. (www.wiorb.com ) Linda has been writing full time for the last fifteen years and has a full schedule of speaking and writing engagements. She is also an historical consultant to 42nd Parallel Films for its new documentary on Carson’s life.
She is the author of the acclaimed biography of Rachel Carson, Rachel Carson: Witness
for Nature,(republished 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt),
She also the editor of Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson (Beacon Press, 1998) which is a collection of Carson’s writings over the course of her life introduced by Lear. She is the author of numerous academic and popular articles on Carson, as well as the author of introductions to the 40th and 50th anniversary editions of Silent Spring.(2002, 20012).
Lear's biography of Carson was awarded
the prize for the best book on women in science by the History of Science Society
in 1999. Chatham University(Carson’s alma mater) conferred an Honorary Doctorate
in Humane Letters on Linda in 2008 for her research and writing on women in the
environment. Lear’s research papers and adjunct collections dealing with Carson’s
life, Carson’s friends and colleagues, and the controversy over Silent Spring
form the core of the Lear/Carson Collection at The Linda Lear Center for Archives
and Special Collections at Connecticut College in New London, CT. It is open to
students and researchers.
Lear is also the biographer of the English author, artist and naturalist Beatrix Potter. Her prize-winning book, Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature (2007) was published in the UK by Penguin in paper as Beatrix Potter: The Extraordinary Life of a Victorian Genius. (2008)
Lear lives in Bethesda, Maryland and Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and three Norfolk terriers.