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Titanic : A night remembered
Barczewski, Stephanie.
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London ; New York : Hambledon and London, [2004]

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xviii, 382 pages 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : portraits ; 24 cm
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G530.T6 B497 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Presents a story of the Titanic and its only voyage. This work provides an account of ten of those who died, among them, Titanic's captain Edward Smith and builder Thomas Andrews, John Jacob Astor, the richest man on board, and the bandmaster, Wallace Hartley, who played as the ship sank.

Author Notes

Stephanie Barczewski is Associate Professor of History at Clemson University, South Carolina.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

In her carefully constructed account of the Titanic's last night and her consideration of the meaning of the Titanic story in its local contexts, Barczewski (history, Clemson Univ.) goes well beyond Richard Howells's 1999 The Myth of the Titanic. "What continues to compel our interest in the Titanic story," Barczewski suggests, "is that at its heart it is a story that reminds us of our limitations." In telling the stories of ten of the more than 1500 people who lost their lives in the disaster, Barczewski considers not only the facts of the tragedy but also its resonances-which still have the power to generate "a deluge of Titanic-related books, songs, television documentaries . . . in a variety of languages for a variety of audiences around the globe." Especially notable are Barczewski's analyses of the impact of the disaster upon the three locations closely related to the Titanic: Belfast, where the ship was constructed; Southampton, the Titanic's embarkation port; and Queenstown, the ship's final port of call, on the morning of April 11, 1912. Recommended for large public libraries with an ongoing interest in studies of disasters at sea.-Robert C. Jones, formerly with Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

In focus and quality, Barczewski's book stands out from the wave of recent Titanic studies. Refusing to be diverted by the familiar minutia of the ship's design or maiden voyage, the author focuses on how the fateful night was remembered, and how the catastrophic loss of some 1,500 lives was redefined as a triumph of Anglo-Saxon virtue. Commentators celebrated heroic masculinity and gentility in their eagerness to extol the coolness of the crew and first-class passengers that, in the midst of such horror and confusion, enabled women and children to get off safely while the men met their fate with dignity and resolve. Barczewski's deft portraits illuminate individuals whose conduct could be made to conform to the evolving Titanic myth (and several rogues whose actions could not), and in three fascinating chapters, she explores the ship's meaning for Belfast, Southampton, and Queenstown. The absence of a conclusion and failure to delve into the consequences for British self-confidence (Scott's Antarctic disaster was contemporaneous) hardly detract from an engaging and insightful book. ^BSumming Up: Strongly recommended. All levels and libraries. F. Coetzee George Washington University

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
1 What Have We Struck?p. 1
2 The Best Traditions of the Seap. 47
3 Heroes and Villainsp. 83
4 Jack Phillipsp. 111
5 Wallace Hartleyp. 127
6 Thomas Andrewsp. 143
7 Edward Smithp. 159
8 William Murdochp. 185
9 Belfastp. 205
10 Southamptonp. 247
11 Queenstownp. 279
Appendixesp. 291
Notesp. 337
Bibliographyp. 367
Indexp. 373