Published a mere 37 days after the tragedy, Filson Young’s Titanic laid to rest public speculation and rumour with its firsthand account of the sinking of the great ship. For the first time since the Titanic left Southampton on April 10, 1912, the public had a full and detailed view of life on the ship, the events leading up to its collision with an iceberg late on April 14, its tragic sinking in the early hours of April 15, and the rescue of its survivors. Based on the accounts of survivors Young knew and interviewed personally, Titanic remains one of the most complete records of the sinking of the Titanic.
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Filson Young was a writer and journalist best known for his work Titanic, published a scant 37 days after the ship’s tragic sinking. A dedicated modernist, Young, in addition to his writing, was an active motorist, pilot, composer, editor, and correspondent, and is credited with helping discover James Joyce. Filson Young died in 1938 at the age of 62.