Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Book Review #10: Not Just One Book

Since I first saw the movie "Titanic" in 1953 with Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck, I've been fascinated with the doomed ship and its ill-fated passengers. I've even read some fiction books in which the sinking of the ship played a part--as it does (though only briefly) in Where Is Papa's Shining Star? Over the years, I've collected quite a few books on the subject and thought I'd share them here. You've got to admit, the depth of possibilities for story ideas is not yet plumbed (no pun intended--honestly).

1) The Discovery of the Titanic by Dr. Robert S. Ballard (1987)
2) Her Name, Titanic! by Charles Pellegrino (1988)
3) Titanic: Destination Disaster: The Legends and the Reality by John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas (1987)
4) The Story of the Titanic (As Told by Its Survivors) edited by Jack Winocour (reprinted 1960)
5) A Night to Remember by Walter Lord (1955, 1976)
6) Titanic by Thomas E. Bonsall (1987)
7) The Night Lives On by Walter Lord (1986)
8)Titanic, Fortune and Fate: Letters, Mementos, and Personal Effects from Those Who Sailed on the Lost Ship (Mariners Museum, 1998)

For children:
1) On Board the Titanic: What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank by Shelley Tanaka (1996)
2) Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost Was Found by Robert D. Ballard (1988)
3) 882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions About the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter (1998)
4) The Titanic Lost and Found by Judy Donnelly (1987)
5) Finding the Titanic (Step-reader) by Dr. Robert D. Ballard (1993)
6) You Wouldn't Wan t to Sail on the Titanic by David Stewart (2001)
7) Polar the Titanic Bear by Daisy Corning Stone Spedden (1994)

Anyone who has followed the history of the ship will recognize Robert D. Ballard as the man who led the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's successful search for the remains of the ship. Walter D. Lord is probably the definitive author on the subject of the passengers and the actual sinking. Polar, the Titanic Bear is a true story of one of the child passengers, Douglas Spedden, and his toy polar bear.

I'm sure I'm not finished borrowing from this historic event. What can you use in your own writing?


Debra St. John said...

Great list, Judy. The Titanic is one of my favorite historical events to read about. I have many of these books, but am always looking for more to add to my collections. Thanks for the suggestions!

K9friend said...

We definitely are entranced by the whole saga of the Titanic. So many stories...

Tiffany Green said...

I have always been intrigued by the Titanic and the events leading up to her sinking. Did you know that in 1898, Morgan Robertson published a novel about the sinking of a transatlantic luxury liner being struck by an iceberg and sinking? Her name was the Titan. Virtually same size, same amount of crew, same loss of life. What a coincidence!

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Donna said...

One of my favorite subjects too. Did you know there was a priest aboard the Titanic and went down with her? There are existing letters he wrote to his housekeeper from the one port - not sure of the name this late at night - telling her he'd see her soon. It was not to be. As the boat went down he prayed and gave the last rights to some of his fellow passengers.