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C. S. Forester

C.S. Forester wrote several successful 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. However, he is best remembered 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 since the books' original publication, Hornblower has proved to be one of the most beloved and enduring fictional heroes in English literature, his popularity rivaled only by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in Cairo, Egypt, in 1899, 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 Quarters, which introduced the now legendary characters of Hornblower, Bush, and Lady Barbara.

Forester died in 1966 while working on a final Hornblower novel, Hornblower During the Crisis, which was left uncompleted at the time of his death.

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Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies
Hornblower Series #11
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 10th-Adult
$11.19
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
for 9th-Adult
$10.00 (1 in stock)
African Queen
by C. S. Forester
from Back Bay Books
for 9th-Adult
$14.99
Age of Fighting Sail
by C. S. Forester
from Chapman Billies, Inc
American Naval History for 8th-Adult
Barbary Pirates
Sterling Point Books
by C. S. Forester
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Naval History for 5th-8th grade
$6.95
Barbary Pirates
Landmark #31
by C. S. Forester
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Beat to Quarters
Hornblower Series #6
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 10th-Adult
$11.19
Commodore Hornblower
by C. S. Forester
1st edition from Little, Brown and Co.
for 9th-12th grade
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Commodore Hornblower
Hornblower Series #9
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 10th-Adult
$11.19
Flying Colours
Hornblower Series #8
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 10th-Adult
$11.19
Good Shepherd
by C.S. Forester
for 8th-Adult
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Horatio Hornblower - Complete Collection
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Historical Fiction for 8th-Adult
$120.01
Hornblower and the Atropos
Hornblower Series #5
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 10th-Adult
$11.19
Hornblower and the Hotspur
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
for 8th-Adult
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Hornblower and the Hotspur
Hornblower Series #3
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 8th-Adult
$11.19
Hornblower Companion
by C. S. Forester
from Naval Institute Press
for 8th-12th grade
Hornblower During the Crisis
Hornblower Series #4
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 10th-Adult
$11.19
Lieutenant Hornblower
Hornblower Series #2
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 8th-Adult
$11.19
Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower
by C. Northcote
from Sutton Publishing
for 9th-Adult
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Lord Hornblower
Hornblower Series #10
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 10th-Adult
$11.19
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
Hornblower Series #1
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 8th-Adult
$11.19
Ship of the Line
Hornblower Series #7
by C. S. Forester
from Little, Brown and Co.
Nautical fiction for 10th-Adult
$11.19
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