The British luxury liner Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg on the night of April 14th, 1912, in the North Atlantic. The traumatic, historic event for British and American culture has remained a powerful symbolic icon for authors, historians, and filmmakers for nearly a century. Public interest in the disaster was strong in the months that followed it, and that interest has been rekindled in subsequent years, particularly in the 1950's and the 1980's and 1990's. Interest in the sinking of the liner may be justified in part by the enormous loss of life, approximately 1500 people (estimates vary due to aliases and duplications on passenger lists). But it's clear that the story of the Titanic maintains its popularity for reasons …
Zani, Steven. "The sinking of the Titanic". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 January 2005; last revised 30 November -1.
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