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Foster, John Wilson.
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New York : Penguin Books, 2000.

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xx, 364 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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The Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic during a night of rare calm, but the tragedy caused shock waves on both sides of the ocean and has continued to haunt our imaginations ever since. The human drama of the disaster still has much of the power to excite and appall that it had in 1912, inspiring novels, films, plays, poems, and songs.This anthology--for the first time ever--draws from more than eight decades of literature about the Titanic disaster. The Titanic Reader both relives the event, with accounts of survivors and witnesses, and shows how a variety of commentators sought meaning in the disaster--and how the meaning changed over the years. There are contributions from major writers, including Joseph Conrad, H. G. Wells, Thomas Hardy, Emma Goldman, George Bernard Shaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William F. Buckley, and Leadbelly. A unique and compellingly readable anthology, The Titanic Reader is the definitive book on the tragedy that had such a powerful impact on the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Thomas CarlyleMichael DavieFilson YoungWilliam MacquittyR. A. FletcherR. A. FletcherFilson YoungGeoffrey MarcusGeoffrey MarcusGeorge BeedemWalter LordGeoffrey MarcusRichard BrownWalter LordWalter LordFilson YoungElizabeth W. ShutesLawrence BeesleyCharlotte CollyerCharles LightollerArchibald GracieThomas C. ShotwellHenry Arthur JonesHarold BrideThomas C. ShotwellRichard BrownThomas C. ShotwellCharles H. ParkhurstBen TillettDaniel Allen ButlerGeoffrey MarcusAlden SmithJoseph ConradG. K. ChestertonJoseph ConradDerek MahonGeorge Bernard ShawArthur Conan DoyleGeorge Bernard ShawJoseph ConradJohn Maxtone-GrahamLouis Von EschW. T. SteadEmma GoldmanClark McadamsHelen Churchill CandeeRabbit BrownLeadbellyLogan MarshallBobby LewisEtheridge KnightF. T. MarinettiJohn Jacob AstorHerman MelvilleThomas HardySir H. Rider HaggardMorgan RobertsonW. T. SteadG. K. ChestertonAndrew WilsonSteven BielMeredith Willson and Richard MorrisE. J. PrattGeoffrey HillHans Magnus EnzensbergerRobert D. Ballard and Rick ArchboldWilliam F. Buckley, Jr.Robert D. BallardStephen DeucharShan F. BullockStewart ParkerLouis MacneiceKenneth E. F. WattElias CanettiAnn E. LarabeeJulian Barnes
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. xi
1 Leviathan of the Year
'The Mechanical Age'p. 3
The Starting Pointp. 5
'Atlantic Liners'p. 10
The Miraclep. 13
Eager for the Baptismp. 17
A Launch to Rememberp. 21
2 The Gilded Age
Accommodation of Unrivalled Magnificencep. 28
The Commissariatp. 34
A Floating Townp. 37
All the World in Littlep. 38
The Gilded Agep. 40
The Elite of the Mercantile Marinep. 43
Letters from Titanicp. 46
Alias Titanicp. 48
'Sailing Day'p. 51
3 The Machine Stops
An Appalling Winterp. 55
Bergs, Growlers and Field Icep. 56
The Collisionp. 59
The Last Good Newsp. 65
Come Quick--Dangerp. 72
The Endp. 77
Marine Disasters from City of Rio de Janeiro to Titanicp. 79
The Blackest Nightp. 81
An Ideal Nightp. 85
Charlotte Collyer's Storyp. 89
Only One Thing to Dop. 97
Out of the Deepp. 101
4 Cities in Shock
The Marvellous Hertzian Wavesp. 111
The Siege of Bowling Greenp. 113
A Town of Mourningp. 117
Wall Street Reportp. 119
Belfast and the Disasterp. 120
Wall Street Reportp. 122
A Transcendent Calamityp. 123
This Kind of a Timep. 127
Wall Street Reportp. 134
The Search for the Deadp. 135
Wall Street Reportp. 138
St Paul's Cathedral, Friday 19 Aprilp. 139
This Sunken Palace of the Seap. 142
5 A Knot of Puzzles
Banging On? Charles Lightoller's British Testimonyp. 147
A Sharp Lookout for Small Ice: Frederick Fleet's American Testimonyp. 152
The Return of Boat 14: Harold Lowe's American Testimonyp. 161
A Capitalist Disasterp. 165
The Vicious Class Antagonismp. 168
Lost and Saved Statistics by Class, Sex and Agep. 169
Terra Incognitap. 170
The Donkeyman's Affidavit: Ernest Gill's Testimonyp. 176
'The Middle Watch'p. 179
The Mystery of Indifferencep. 183
Marketing Disaster: The Marconi-New York Times Affairp. 185
These Bumble-like Proceedingsp. 194
Cross-Criticisms: England and Americap. 196
The New Seamanshipp. 199
6 Hymns and Heroism
The White Star Chiefp. 205
Mr Ismay's Dutyp. 207
Statement Issued by J. Bruce Ismay on 21 April 1912p. 210
'After the Titanic'p. 213
'The Titanic: Some Unmentioned Morals'p. 214
The Whole Wonderful Epicp. 217
Beating the Hystericsp. 220
The Unsentimental Truthp. 224
The Last Gigp. 226
'Autumn'p. 229
Hymns That Helpp. 230
7 The Man's Game
My Beautiful Nightdressp. 235
'Suffrage Dealt Blow by Women of Titanic'p. 238
'Enough Said'p. 240
'Masculine Chivalry'p. 241
'God's Noblemen Aid Women and Children'p. 242
'The Titanic'p. 245
'Titanic'p. 247
The Negro Stokerp. 249
'Shine'p. 250
'Dark Prophecy: I Sing of Shine'p. 252
The Genius of the Anglo-Saxonp. 254
The Progress of the Racep. 256
'A Lot of Italians, Latin People ...': Harold Lowe's Testimony and Retractionp. 258
8 Anticipations and Realizations
'Manifesto of Futurism'p. 263
More than Ever a Mechanical Agep. 265
'The Berg: A Dream'p. 267
'The Convergence of the Twain'p. 269
Titanic and the Imaginationp. 271
The Wreck of the Titan, Or, Futilityp. 273
The Story Stead Could Not File By Deadlinep. 281
The Swift Poetry of Perilp. 284
'A Titanic Lesson'p. 288
Nature and Catastrophep. 290
9 War and Peace
Titanic in the Cold Warp. 296
Stamped American from Stem to Sternp. 302
The Titanicp. 305
'Ode on the Loss of the Titanic'p. 308
The Sinking of the Titanicp. 309
10 Sea of Controversy
The Discovery of Titanicp. 319
'Down to the Great Ship'p. 325
'Statement Before the [U.S.] House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee 29 October 1985'p. 330
'The Case for the National Maritime Museum'p. 333
11 Ship of State
The Death of Thomas Andrewsp. 339
The Icebergp. 343
12 The Titanic Effect
'Death of an Old Lady'p. 349
'The Titanic Effect'p. 350
Meadow, Island, Icebergp. 352
'The American Hero and His Mechanical Bride: Gender Myths of the Titanic Disaster'p. 354
Tragedy and Farcep. 358
Permissionsp. 361
Preparation for launchp. 16
Machine artp. 23
Grand Staircasep. 27
Advertising dream that became a nightmarep. 36
Menup. 42
Titanic as she left Queenstownp. 50
Harold Bride in the Marconi roomp. 71
Cartoonsp. 150
The most sung about shipp. 244
Survivors' storiesp. 295
Cinema's romancep. 315
Vestiges of Titanic, by Steve Gouthrop. 346