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04/11/12
Books by Some of Our First Class Passengers
Filed under: Characters
Posted by: Fete Fatale @ 4:14 pm

Archibald Gracie

Free for Nook–such a deal! The Truth About Chickamauga

Written after Titanic’s maiden voyage, obviously (Only $.99 for Nook) The Truth About the Titanic

Jacques Futrelle

Author of a series of mystery novels that had earned him the nickname “the American Conan Doyle.” His popular “Thinking Machine” stories featured the brilliant amateur sleuth S. F. X. Van Dusen, first serialized in Hearst’s Boston American, where Futrelle was a staff writer. The public’s enthusiasm for the character allowed him to quit journalism and concentrate on writing mystery novels.

Full text of many of his stories at: www.futrelle.com

Lily May Peel Futrelle

May is always referred to as “also a writer” in materials on the Titanic, but it took me a while to track down exactly what she had written. It was through IMDB, oddly enough, where I found a reference to a 1911 novel, The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs. It became a 1915 silent movie, and she was credited her as a writer. How I wish I could find it! [The following link purports to let you watch it online, but then tries to show you some other film: http://www.1channel.ch/watch-33447-the-secretary-of-frivolous-affairs

It turns out that this novel was on the bestseller lists for 6 years! Here’s a summary of the novel and a summary of the silent movie.

The only novel of hers I can find online is one based on a story of his: Lieutenant What’s-his-name: Elaborated from Jacques Futrelle’s The Simple Case of Susan. Also free for Nook!

John Jacob Astor IV

John Jacob Astor IV wrote a Jules Verne-ish novel, published in 1894, called A Journey in Other Worlds. Who would have guessed?

Mrs. Helen Churchill Candee

Mrs. Helen Churchill Candee was an ardent feminist, and her first book published in 1900 was How Women May Earn a Living, which can be downloaded at google books or archive.org. The New York Times reviewed it.

Her second book, An Oklahoma Romance, (1901) had to do with settlement in the Oklahoma Territory.

In 1906, Decorative Styles and Periods was released; here are comments by an artist.

She was in Europe in early 1912 to finish her research on The Tapestry Book, to be published that fall.

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