Voyagers of the Titanic LP

Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From

By Richard Davenport-Hines
(HarperLuxe, Paperback, Large Print, 9780062107053, 496pp.)

Publication Date: March 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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Description

On April 14, 1912, the Titanic, a passenger liner traveling from Southhampton, England, to New York City, struck an iceberg. Its sinking brought the ship—mythological in name and size—into one-hundred years of infamy.

Of the 2,240 people aboard the ship, 1,517 perished. While many accounts focus on the technical aspects of the Titanic's sinking, Voyagers of the Titanic follows the stories of the men, women, and children whose lives intersected on its fateful last day. Covering the range of first, second, and third class—from plutocrats and captains of industry to cobblers and tailors looking for a better life in America—Richard Davenport-Hines delves into the fascinating lives of those who ate, drank, dreamed, and died abroad the mythic ship. With magnificent prose, he also explores the politics behind the Titanic's creation, involving larger-than-life figures like J.P. Morgan, the ship's owner, and Lord Pirrie, the ship's builder.

The memory of the ship's sinking still remains a part of the American psyche and Voyagers of the Titanic brings that clear night back to us with all of its drama and pathos.




About the Author

Richard Davenport-Hines is the acclaimed biographer of W. H. Auden and the Macmillan dynasty. He is also the author of Proust at the Majestic: The Last Days of the Author Whose Book Changed Paris and The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics. He is a regular contributor to the U.K. publications Literary Review, the Sunday Telegraph, the Spectator, and the Times Literary Supplement.




Praise For Voyagers of the Titanic LP

“Here at last is the true memorial ... a book well worthy of marking the centenary of the crystal-clear night when the immense ship slid to her terrible doom”
-Simon Winchester

“An astonishing work, of meticulous research, which allows us to know, in painful detail, the men and women on that fateful voyage. Even now, a hundred years later, Mr. Davenport-Hines finds a new, and heart-breaking, story to tell.”
-Julian Fellowes, Creator and Executive Producer of "Downton Abbey"

“Paints a provocative portrait of the “upstairs, downstairs” social stratification in play aboard the doomed ship. A-”
-Entertainment Weekly

“The story of the Titanic has been told many times; this one takes a sociological perspective, with the confident, graceful prose of fine fiction.”
-Wall Street Journal

“Impressive in both its writing and reporting... It’s a romp. You don’t know who will be strolling down the deck next.”
-USA Today

“A shattering human story that is also, when told as well as Davenport-Hines tells it, utterly compelling.”
-Sunday Times (UK), lead review

“Eloquent and absorbing… It will stay afloat long after the armada of other Titanic books have gone down.”
-The Telegraph (UK)

“This will not be the last book on the Titanic, but it is a safe bet that there will not be a better.”
-The Spectator (UK), lead review

“Meticulous... detailed account.”
-Women's Wear Daily.com

“This intelligent book focuses not on the ship so much as its passengers. Bolstered by photographs of the people who built, staffed, sailed on and survived the Titanic, Davenport-Hines finds a slew of new points of view from which to scan history.”
-Denver Post

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