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Published a mere 37 days after the tragedy, Filson Young’s Titanic laid to rest public speculation and rumour with its firsthand account of the sinking of the great ship. For the first time since the Titanic left Southampton on April 10, 1912, the public had a full and detailed view of life on the ship, the events leading up to its collision with an iceberg late on April 14, its tragic sinking in the early hours of April 15, and the rescue of its survivors. Based on the accounts of survivors Young knew and interviewed personally, Titanic remains one of the most complete records of the sinking of the Titanic.
The sinking of the Titanic in the frigid waters of the north Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912 is arguably the most famous peacetime maritime disaster of modern history, and one that continues to capture popular imagination a century later.
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Filson Young was a writer and journalist best known for his work Titanic, published a scant 37 days after the ship’s tragic sinking. A dedicated modernist, Young, in addition to his writing, was an active motorist, pilot, composer, editor, and correspondent, and is credited with helping discover James Joyce. Filson Young died in 1938 at the age of 62.read more
Reviews for Titanic
This was a beautifully written account by an American journalist in May 1912 covering the birth, life and death of the great ship. He brings across very well the microcosm of 1912 society that she represented. The author is quite an egalitarian, criticising the upper classes for their arrogance and hubris, while praising the silent heroism of the stokers and engineers who kept the ship alive for as long as they could to allow even the one third of those who did survive to do so. On the other hand, he also thinks that J Bruce Ismay is beyond criticism. There was nothing terribly new here, but this was an evocative and haunting piece of writing. 5/5read more
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