Theodore Dreiser

A picture of the author Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser holds an interesting footnote in history. As he concluded his first European holiday, the 40 year old author wanted to take the Titanic back to America. He was persuaded to take a less expensive ship by an English publisher and booked passage on the liner Kroonland instead of the Titanic. He was at sea aboard the Kroonland when he learned that the Titanic went down. He wrote in his memoir, A Traveler at Forty the following year, "To think of a ship as immense as the Titanic, new and bright, sinking in endless fathoms of water. And the two thousand passengers routed like rats from their berths only to float helplessly in miles of water, praying and crying!”

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