Commodore Hornblower

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These thrilling tales of high-seas adventure in the Napoleonic era, which Winston Churchill found "vastly entertaining" and Ernest Hemingway recommended to "every literate I know", are being eagerly embraced by a new generation of readers. Back Bay takes pleasure in reissuing these classic tales in handsome new trade paperback editions.
— The Hornblower renaissance is in full sail with a nearly tenfold increase in sales: more than I5O, OOO ...

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Overview

These thrilling tales of high-seas adventure in the Napoleonic era, which Winston Churchill found "vastly entertaining" and Ernest Hemingway recommended to "every literate I know", are being eagerly embraced by a new generation of readers. Back Bay takes pleasure in reissuing these classic tales in handsome new trade paperback editions.
— The Hornblower renaissance is in full sail with a nearly tenfold increase in sales: more than I5O, OOO Hornblower books sold in the first six months of 1999.
— The A&E television network's series of original movies based on Hornblower's adventures have been tremendously successful — praised by critics, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of viewers, and winner of the Emmy Award for best miniseries.
— Two new movies will be premiering in the spring on A&E.
— Readers and booksellers who admire Patrick O'Brian's novels delight in discovering this "new" series of nautical adventure stories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316289382
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/5/1989
  • Series: Horatio Hornblower Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 106,705
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

20th Century British author famed for the 12 Hornblower novels, African Queen, Payment Deferred, 12 tales of war, and more than 20 other works.

Biography

C. S. Forester (1899 - 1966) wrote several novels with military and naval themes, including The African Queen, The Barbary Pirates, The General, The Good Shepherd, The Gun, The Last Nine Days of the "Bismarck" and Rifleman Dodd. But Forester is best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower, a British naval genius of the Napoleonic era, whose exploits and adventures on the high seas Forester chronicled in a series of eleven acclaimed historical novels. Over the years, Hornblower has proved to be one of the most beloved and enduring fictional heroes in English literature, his popularity rivaled only by Sherlock Holmes.

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in Cairo, Egypt, Forester grew up in London. At the start of World War II, he traveled on behalf of the British government to America, where he produced propaganda encouraging the United States to remain on Britain's side. After the War, Forester remained in America and made Berkeley, California, his home.

The character of Horatio Hornblower was born after Forester was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film. While the script was being drafted, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, based on the same historical incidents about which Forester was writing. Rather than seek another movie project, and to avoid an impending paternity suit, Forester jumped aboard a freighter bound for England. By the end of the voyage he had outlined Beat to the Quarters, which introduced the now legendary character Hornblower, Bush, and Lady Barbara.

Forester died in 1966 while working on Hornblower During the Crisis.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 27, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cairo, Egypt
    1. Date of Death:
      April 2, 1966
    2. Place of Death:
      Berkeley, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Great Book

    This is some of the best reading about the Napoleonic Wars and about life on a ship during the Age of Sail.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

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    Always at the center of trouble

    Having attacked the Spanish in the Pacific and also in the Mediterrean (sp?), and escaped the clutches of the Emperor in the previous three novels,the now Commodore Hornblower leads a very small, and ragtag fleet into the Baltic, to persuade the Tsar to resist Napoleon. Hornblower aids the Russians in defense of Riga, while the main French attack is blunted, then destroyed at Moscow. Forester is doing a better than average melding of fact and fiction in this the fourth written of the Hornblower series (the first five books of the chronology were written afterward, to provide the back story). Unlike a lot of books of this type, Hornblower is not the always self-possessed, near-superhero type this type of story usually has- he has grave doubts about his possibility of success, struggles with his self-control, and sometimes treats his subordinates less than honestly- Hornblower appears a lot more like a real person than a caricature. Definitely for fans of action, with an historical bent.

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