Walter Lord

Walter Lord

Original Name John
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 19 May 2002 (aged 84)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 7025992 · View Source
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Author. He is best remembered for his 1955 book "A Night to Remember," about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. He also wrote on a variety of interesting historical events. Walter Lord graduated from Princeton University in 1939, and went to London in 1942 as part of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). After World War II, he attended Yale Law School, and obtained work as an advertising copywriter and tax expert. In 1954, he wrote his first book, "The Freemantle Diary", the story of a British officer observing the American Civil War. His next book, "A Night to Remember", became an instant success and made him famous, as well as bringing the Titanic tragedy to the forefront of the public's imagination. The book was turned into a successful movie in 1958, and he achieved new fame when the 1998 movie "Titanic" was released. He later wrote books about the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack ("Day of Infamy"), "The Good Years" about life in America during the early twentieth century, "A Time to Stand" about the 1836 Alamo last stand, "The Past that would not Die" about James Meredith's integration of the University of Mississippi, "Incredible Victory" about the 1942 Battle of Midway Island, and "Lonely Vigil" about the World War II coast watchers. His last book, "The Night Lives On," (1986) reexamined the lastest information about the Titanic. He was also a collector of photographs, famous front pages, political campaign buttons, and Titanic memorabilia. He died in his Manhattan home after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

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