The Early Path to Success

The Early Path to Success

The Early Path to Success

Virginia’s road was not an academic one. She learned on her own. Here are a few resources to explain the unconventional path she took.

Larry Eifert’s take on Virginia’s early years is this: “she grew up in a normal neighborhood a few blocks from the center of Springfield, Illinois. Some early childhood illness, possibly rheumatic fever, took a toll on her health and kept her indoors and away from school. This illness injured her heart and later contributed to an early death, but it certainly didn’t slow Virginia down.” Instead, this illness forced her onto a path few follow – she simply learned by herself.

These are links to a few of her personal diaries and connections that possibly show a direct path to later successes.

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Backyard garden – April 30, 1924 – age 13.
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Virginia-9-8-1928-Glen-Olive-Camp-Riverton – 1929 – age 18

 

 

  1. Early Photos – 1920-30s
  2. Virginia’s Early Field Guide Bird Book
  3. 1927 JOURNAL Virginia was 16
  4. 1929 JOURNAL – Virginia was 18
  5. Two Camera Hunters’ Recent Captures, 1929
  6. Personal Letter from Rachel Carson, March 4, 1944
  7. Letter from Edgar Lee Masters, August 13, 1941

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