The Loss of the S.S. Titanic by Lawrence Beesley

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The Loss of the S.S. Titantic is Lawrence Beesley’s compelling first-person account of the tragic sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic on its maiden voyage in April 1912. Published amid the continued media frenzy a scant nine weeks following the tragedy, The Loss of the S.S. Titanic draws on Beesley’s experience as a second-class passenger and survivor, and, because of its rich detail and unique perspective, continues to be considered to be one of the most authoritative books about the disaster.

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Lawrence Beesley was a science teacher, journalist, Titanic survivor, and author of the successful book, The Loss of the S.S. Titanic, based on his experience that harrowing night. A second class passenger, Beesley had been in his cabin reading when the collision occurred, and through a chance of fate happened to be on A-deck when men were allowed to board the lifeboats. After the sinking, Beesley returned to England and resumed his career in education. Lawrence Beesley died on February 14, 1967, at the age of 89.
Published March 6, 2012 by HarperPerennial Classics. 83 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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Contrary to several film versions of the story (as well as most contemporary newspaper accounts of the sinking, whose writers seemed to feel a need to add drama to the tragedy), he takes special note of the imperturbable calmness of both the crew and passengers throughout the ship's final hours, ...

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