Rachel Louise Carson was born on May 27, 1907, in Springdale, Pennsylvania, United States to the family of an insurance salesman Robert Warden Carson and Maria Frazier McLean. Carson early developed a deep interest in the natural world. Her mother bequeathed to her a life-long love of nature and the living world that she expressed first as a writer and later as a student of marine biology. In 1918, Saint Nicholas, a magazine for young writers, published her story, "A Battle in the Clouds," which was set in World War I. She published several more pieces in the magazine, and her interest in writing continued to grow.