Fateful by Claudia Gray: RMS Titanic Non-Fiction Resources

Posted September 8, 2011 by Sara | Novel Novice 2 Comments

Before Fateful by Claudia Gray hits stores on September 13th, we wanted to share some great resources where you can learn more about the Titanic — especially as we approach the 100th anniversary of the infamous voyage. (The ship sank in April 1912.)

RMS Titanic

This group is exclusively in charge of preserving the history of the Titanic, and their website alone offers a wealth of knowledge about the ship and its doomed voyage.

Claudia Gray states in her author’s note for Fateful, that she first conceived of the book while visiting a travel exhibition of Titanic artifacts. You can check this website to see where such exhibits are currently being held.

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

This is one of the most classic books about the Titanic, and recounts stories of survivors. Claudia says this is one of the books she relied upon most heavily while researching Fateful:

First published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains a completely riveting account of the Titanic‘s fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew, both noble and ignominious. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain.

Available for the first time in trade paperback and with a new introduction for the 50th anniversary edition by Nathaniel Phil-brick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Sea of Glory, Walter Lord’s classic minute-by-minute re-creation is as vivid now as it was upon first publication fifty years ago. From the initial distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this semicentennial edition brings that moonlit night in 1912 to life for a new generation of readers.

1912 Facts About Titanic by Lee W. Meredith

This nonfiction account about the Titanic is another book Claudia mentions was prominent in her research for Fateful:

Fascinating, lesser-known facts about the Titanic and details on the ship, the passengers, and the sinking. The book also explores aspects of the wreck today and salvage operations.

Although the main events of the Titanic disaster are well known, significant facts and tidbits remain obscure. Who were the thousands of men who built the giant ship? How were the bodies of the victims collected and buried? What were the conclusions of the investigative hearings into her sinking? Answers to these and hundreds of other questions are presented in this useful, easy-to-read volume.

Encyclopedia Titanica

This is another source cited by Claudia Gray for her research while writing Fateful. This extensive website offers a plethora of knowledge about the RMS Titanic and its passengers, as well as links to articles and other resources.

RMS Titanic on Wikipedia

Though sometimes unreliable, the articles on Wikipedia regarding the Titanic are extensive, and delve not only into the ship’s creation, it’s doomed voyage, and what went wrong — but also addresses some of the myths surrounding the ship.

For the comments: Are there other resources you know about for the Titanic? Any legends or myths you’ve heard? Share them below!

Sara | Novel Novice
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