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C. S. Forester
One of the most popular adventure novelists ever, C.S. Forester delighted readers with his Horatio Hornblower series of nautical historical novels, which follow the career of a brave captain in the Napoleonic wars. Forester also created a great love story in The African Queen, the basis for the John Huston film of the same name.

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C. S. Forester
Also Known As:
Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (real name)
Date of Birth:
August 27, 1899
Place of Birth:
Cairo, Egypt
Date of Death:
April 2, 1966
Place of Death:
Berkeley, California
Studied at Alleyn's, a private school near his home in London. Attended Guy's Medical School of the University of London

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Selected Novels

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								Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, Author: 
								C. S. Forester.

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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
by C. S. Forester
Though published sixth in the series, this book is the chronological beginning of the Hornblower saga, with young Horatio setting out to sea at age 17, beginning his illustrious naval career in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars.

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								Lord Hornblower, Author: 
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*  The African Queen (1935)
*  Beat to Quarters (1937)
*  Flying Colours (1939)
*  Lord Hornblower (1948)
*  Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies (1958)

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Eminent Fans

As if having an endorsement ("I recommend Forester to everyone literate I know") from Ernest Hemingway weren't enough, consider this quote about his work from Winston Churchill: "For the first time for many months I could read a book for pleasure. Oliver Lyttelton, Minister of State in Cairo, had given me [the omnibus volume] Captain Hornblower, R.N., which I found vastly entertaining. When a chance came, I sent him the message, 'I find Hornblower admirable.' This caused perturbation in the Middle East Headquarters, where it was imagined that "Hornblower" was the code-word for some special operation of which they had not been told."

Beyond Hornblower

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								The African Queen, Author: 
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The African Queen
by C. S. Forester
A departure from Forester's other seafaring novel, this tale of a determined Englishwoman and a Cockney engineer (played unforgettably by Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in the 1951 screen version) on a mission aboard a leaky riverboat in the heart of World War I-era Africa.

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								The Hornblower Companion, Author: 
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The Hornblower Companion
by C. S. Forester, Samuel H. Bryant (Illustrator)
Fans of the eleven-title Hornblower series will consider this companion volume by Forester a treat: It contains maps charting Horatio's adventures, historical context, and descriptions about how the stories came to be written. C. Northcote Parkinson -- himself the author of a naval adventure series -- wrote a lauded "biography" of Hornblower that is also not to be missed.

*The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower  by C. Northcote Parkinson
*More books by C. Northcote Parkinson