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Fascinating peek into the mind of reviled Titanic survivor

Editor's Viewpoint

The Duff-Gordon name gained infamy after the sinking of the Titanic. It became a byword for the class-ridden society of the time when it was revealed that Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon escaped from the vessel in a half-empty lifeboat while a disproportionate number of third class passengers were among the more than 1,500 who drowned.

Now a letter written by Lady Duff-Gordon has surfaced, complaining about the way the couple were treated after the tragedy.

It is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of this aristocrat but its self-pitying tone will do little to redeem the couple's reputation, even at the remove of more than a century.

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