A Night to Remember is a non-fiction book penned by Walter Lord, and offers details of the sinking of RMS Titanic on 15th April 1912. Written in 1955, the book was internationally successful, and is now considered a definitive RMS Titanic resource, as it includes interviews with many of the survivors.
Walter Lord’s interest in RMS Titanic stemmed from a childhood trip aboard RMS Olympic, RMS Titanic’s sister ship, and led to a life-long fascination with the sunken vessel. He reportedly spent a lot of time on RMS Olympic, trying to imagine how such a huge ship could sink in the middle of the ocean.
By the age of 10 years old, Lord began reading about RMS Titanic and drawing pictures of the ship. He also built up a significant Titanic memorabilia collection, and later majored in history at Princeton University. During his spare time, he interviewed over 63 survivors, and released a Night to Remember as a result.
Within two months of publication, A Night to Remember had sold over 60,000 copies, and was firmly placed on the best seller list for six months. It has remained in print to this very day, reaching its 50th printing in 1998, and has been translated into numerous languages.
The book has since been adapted twice for the screen, with the 1958 British film being heralded as “the definitive cinematic telling of the story”. Following the discovery of RMS Titanic’s wreck in 1985, Walter Lord penned the follow-up book, The Night Lives On.