The World Under Water

Hawkes, Jacqueua
January 1956
New Republic;1/23/56, Vol. 134 Issue 4, p17
The article focuses on the book "The Edge of the Sea," by Rachel Carson. The book describes the fascinating varieties of marine existence that nature has contrived to fit into every coign of vantage, and to invoke the poetic meaning lying behind making fact glow with a greater significance, elusive but certainly radiant. Scientific discovery has tended to enrich rather than detract from the sea's power to convey symbolic meaning. Some of the most delightful passages in the book describe the opening and dosing of shells and tubes, the expansion and contraction of feelers and flagella, the stillness and quick activity of mobile creatures, that accompany the ebb and flow of the tides.


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