Book written in 1898 describes wreck of Titanic in 1912

Sinking of the Titanic (1912)Ayn Rand

No shortage of books has been written about the Titanic disaster in 1912. Yet none, perhaps, is more intriguing than this little known-book by a man named Morgan Robertson. Robertson tells the story in chilling detail, the shortage of lifeboats, the icy waters of the north Atlantic, the iceberg emerging from the dark of an April night.

And what makes his book stand out amongst the volumes written about the Titanic is that his version was written in 1898, fourteen years before the Titanic actually sunk.

Robertson's novella, called 'The Wreck of the Titan,' was the fictionalized story of a shipwreck. And the similarities between Robertson’s fictionalized story and the actual crash fourteen years later are uncanny.

In 1898 Robertson had trouble finding a publisher for his story because most trade houses of the day found the novel too incredible to be true. Today it's sold thousands of copies and first editions of the work are among the most prized for collectors. So if you're looking for a little eerie reading this weekend...Or if that's too heavy for you, a little Ayn Rand, anyone?

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