|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:
Date of Death:
April 2, 1966
|Place of Death:
Studied at Alleyn's, a private school near his home in London. Attended Guy's Medical School of the University of London
|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||More About Forester's Famous Series|
|The African Queen|
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.
|The Hornblower Companion|
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.