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Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith on August 27, 1899, in Cairo, Egypt, where his father was a government official, C. S. Forester grew up mainly in England. He was educated at Dulwich College, studying medicine briefly before decidint to become a writer. Forester moved to the United States before the start of World War II, and lived in Berkeley, California, until his death in 1966. Although Forester was a journalist, a novelist and a Hollywood scriptwriter, he is probably best known for his historical fiction, particularly the series of novels that feature Horatio Hornblower. The eleven-book series begins with Mr. Midshipmen Hornblower, in which the seventeen-year old Hornblower joins the British navy in 1793, just as the Napoleonic Wars are about to begin. Hornblower's continuing adventures, as well as his advancement to the highest ranks of the navy, are chronicled in further books, including Beat to Quarters, Flying Colours, Commodore Hornblower, Lord Hornblower, The Happy Return, and A Ship of the Line, for which Forester recived the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1939. Several of Forester's novels were made into films, most notably Payment Deferred (his first novel published in 1926), Eagle Squadron, The Commandos (the movie title was The Commandos Strike at Dawn), Captain Horatio Hornblower, Sink the Bismarck!, and The African Queen, starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Forester's nonfiction includes The Age of Fighting Sail: The Story of the Naval War of 1812, as well as biographies of Lord Nelson, Napoleon, Josephine, and King Louis XIV. He also wrote an autobiography, Long Before Forty. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Author) 2,899 copies, 63 reviews
Lieutenant Hornblower 2,134 copies, 42 reviews
Hornblower : Beat to Quarters 1,838 copies, 28 reviews
Hornblower and the Hotspur 1,836 copies, 28 reviews
Lord Hornblower 1,719 copies, 16 reviews
The Commodore (Author) 1,634 copies, 23 reviews
Hornblower and the Atropos 1,577 copies, 25 reviews
A Ship of the Line (Author) 1,576 copies, 26 reviews
Flying Colours (Author) 1,477 copies, 21 reviews
Hornblower in the West Indies 1,471 copies, 23 reviews
Hornblower and the Crisis 1,295 copies, 26 reviews
The African Queen 1,205 copies, 35 reviews
The Good Shepherd 505 copies, 11 reviews
The Ship 376 copies, 8 reviews
The Barbary Pirates 345 copies, 2 reviews
The Hornblower Companion 339 copies, 9 reviews
Sink the Bismarck! (Author) 318 copies, 4 reviews
The General 297 copies, 5 reviews
The Captain from Connecticut 288 copies, 4 reviews
Death to the French 251 copies, 6 reviews
The Gun 244 copies, 5 reviews
Payment Deferred 220 copies, 9 reviews
The Sky and the Forest 185 copies, 2 reviews
The Indomitable Hornblower 160 copies, 2 reviews
Brown on Resolution 139 copies, 5 reviews
Plain Murder 124 copies, 3 reviews
To the Indies 104 copies, 2 reviews
The Man in the Yellow Raft 86 copies, 3 reviews
Gold from Crete: Ten Stories 77 copies, 4 reviews
The Nightmare 75 copies, 2 reviews
Randall and the River of Time 61 copies, 3 reviews
The Pursued 61 copies, 2 reviews
Lord Nelson 48 copies, 1 review
The Peacemaker 46 copies, 1 review
Long Before Forty 23 copies, 2 reviews
The Daughter of the Hawk 22 copies, 1 review
The Hostage 14 copies, 1 review
Napoleon and His Court 3 copies, 1 review
Rendevous 1 copy
Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time (Contributor; Contributor) 253 copies
The African Queen [1951 film] (Novel) 232 copies, 4 reviews
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (Contributor) 186 copies, 3 reviews
The Pan Book of Horror Stories (Contributor) 135 copies, 2 reviews
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (Contributor) 117 copies
Dreadnought: A History of the Modern Battleship (Introduction, some editions) 70 copies, 2 reviews
Fifty Best Mysteries (Contributor) 69 copies, 2 reviews
Deep Waters: Mysteries on the Waves (Contributor) 64 copies, 9 reviews
Sink the Bismarck! [1960 film] (Original novel) 63 copies, 1 review
Desert Island Decameron (Contributor) 54 copies
65 Great Tales of Horror (Contributor) 51 copies
The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor (Introduction, some editions) 49 copies, 1 review
The Adventures of John Wetherell (Editor; Introduction) 41 copies, 2 reviews
The Oxford Book of Sea Stories (Contributor) 38 copies, 1 review
Captain Horatio Hornblower [1950 film] (Original novel) 37 copies
The Book of the Sea (Editor) 35 copies
The Lucifer Society (Contributor; Contributor) 35 copies, 1 review
Some Things Fierce and Fatal (Contributor) 34 copies
65 Great Murder Mysteries (Contributor) 31 copies
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (Contributor) 29 copies
Murder Short & Sweet (Contributor) 28 copies, 2 reviews
Mysterious Sea Stories (Contributor) 27 copies
Stories for the Dead of Night (Contributor) 27 copies
Short Stories of the Sea (Contributor) 23 copies
The Unspeakable People (Contributor) 22 copies
The Best Horror Stories (Contributor) 19 copies
The Pride and the Passion [1957 film] (Writer) 18 copies, 1 review
Battle: True Stories of Combat in World War II (Contributor) 18 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of Sea Stories (Contributor) 17 copies
World's Great Tales of the Sea (Contributor) 15 copies
The Queen's Awards: Sixth Series (Contributor) 14 copies
The Penguin Book of Sea Stories (Contributor) 14 copies
The Bedside Lilliput (Contributor) 11 copies
In the Dead of Night (Contributor) 11 copies
Tall Short Stories (Contributor) 9 copies
A Cavalcade of Collier's (Contributor) 9 copies
Escape Stories (Contributor) 9 copies
Fatal Fascination: A Choice of Crime (Contributor) 8 copies, 1 review
Griezelverhalen 2 (Contributor) 8 copies
A Treasury of Doctor Stories (Contributor) 8 copies
My Favorite Suspense Stories (Contributor) 8 copies, 1 review
Murder Without Tears (Contributor) 8 copies
13 Ways to Kill a Man (Contributor) 7 copies
Verhalen omnibus (Contributor) 7 copies
A Seaman's Book of Sea Stories (Contributor) 6 copies
Murder for the Millions (Contributor) 6 copies
Post Stories of 1941 (Contributor) 5 copies
Thirteen Short Stories (Contributor) 5 copies
The Wide Sea (Contributor) 5 copies
Second Mystery Companion (Contributor) 4 copies
The Best from Cosmopolitan (Contributor) 4 copies
Argosy, February 26, 1938 (Contributor) 3 copies
The Bathroom Reader (Contributor) 3 copies
Horror (Contributor) 2 copies
Evil Tales of Evil Things (Contributor) 2 copies
In Fear and Dread (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, October 8, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
150 anni in Giallo (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, December 24, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
The Bedside Bonanza (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, April 2, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, December 17, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, December 3, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, March 12, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, March 26, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, September 24, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, October 22, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, March 5, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, December 10, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, December 31, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
Argosy, October 15, 1938 (Contributor) 2 copies
The Undying Past (Contributor) 1 copy
Eagle Squadron [1942 film] (Story) 1 copy, 1 review
Forever England [1935 film] (Original novel) 1 copy
Synnitön lankeemus [1943 film] (Original story) 1 copy
Sailor of the King [1953 film] (Original novel) 1 copy
Horror and Homicide (Contributor) 1 copy
Argosy, May 14, 1938 (Contributor) 1 copy
Argosy, September 17, 1938 (Contributor) 1 copy
Ellery Queen's 1966 Anthology (Contributor) 1 copy
Argosy, January 7, 1939 (Contributor) 1 copy
Assault (Contributor) 1 copy
Argosy, March 19, 1938 (Contributor) 1 copy
Did It Happen? (Contributor) 1 copy
Argosy, January 18, 1941 (Contributor) 1 copy
Payment Deferred [1932 film] (Based on the book) 1 copy

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