Titanic, Filson Young
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Filson Young

Titanic

This was one of the first books to appear after the sinking of the Titanic, published just 37 days after the disaster. Despite the haste, it remains one of the most well-written and stylish of the early works. Its author, Filson Young, was a respected journalist who had already used his columns in the London Saturday Review and the Pall Mall Gazette to call for better safety at sea, and for all ships to have properly-manned radios. Having sailed the Atlantic himself, and knowing several of the passengers on board the doomed liner, his book combines an imaginative telling of the first few days on board, with a powerful account of the sinking based on early survivor interviews. In 1932 the BBC asked Filson to dramatise the book for radio, but a public outcry forced them to reconsider: even after twenty years, his recreation of the sinking was still too painful for many of their audience.
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