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Encyclopedia > C. S. Forester
The cover of the 1974 paperback edition of one of Forester's non-fiction titles: Hunting The Bismarck

Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (August 27, 1899April 2, 1966), an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure with military themes. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). ImageMetadata File history File links CS_Forester_-_Hunting_The_Bismarck_book_cover. ... ImageMetadata File history File links CS_Forester_-_Hunting_The_Bismarck_book_cover. ... A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. ... August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... April 2 is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 273 days remaining. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... Horatio Hornblower, 1st Viscount Hornblower,AKA Cpl Mitch Vallentine GCB (4 July 1776 - 12 January 1857) is a fictional character, an officer in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, originally the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester, and later the subject of films and... For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ... The novel as shown in the trailer for the film The African Queen is a 1935 novel written by C.S. Forester. ... See also: 1934 in literature, other events of 1935, 1936 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1950 in film 1951 1952 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati Top grossing films North America David and Bathsheba Show Boat tie The Great Caruso and An... John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. ...


Born in Cairo, Forester had a complicated life, including imaginary parents, a secret marriage and a debilitating illness. He was educated at Alleyn's School and Dulwich College in Dulwich, South London. He married Kathleen Belcher in 1926, had two sons, and divorced in 1945. The eldest son, John Forester is a noted cycling activist and wrote a biography of his father. During World War II he moved to the United States where he wrote propaganda to help get that country to enter the war on the Allied side, and eventually settled in Berkeley, California. In 1947, C. S. Forester secretly married a woman named Dorothy Foster. He suffered extensively from arteriosclerosis later in life. Nickname: Al Qahirah (The Triumphant City) Egypt: Site of Cairo (top center) Coordinates: Government  - Governor Dr. Abdul Azim Wazir Area  - City 214 km²  (82. ... Alleyns School Alleyns School is an independent, fee-paying co-educational day school situated in Dulwich, South-East London. ... Dulwich New College buildings. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... John Forester (born 1929) is a cycling transportation engineer and a noted cycling activist who coined the term Effective Cycling and the vehicular cycling principle: Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Forresters outspoken resistance to dedicated bicycle paths ( see Forester Web Site... Police officer on a bicycle Cycling is a recreation, a sport and a means of transport across land. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... An Australian anti-conscription propaganda poster from World War One U.S. propaganda poster, which warns against civilians sharing information on troop movements (National Archives) The much-imitated 1914 Lord Kitchener Wants You! poster Swedish Anti-Euro propaganda for the referendum of 2003. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ... // Introduction Arteriosclerosis means the hardening of the arteries in Greek. ...


The popularity of the Hornblower series, built around a central character who was heroic but not too heroic, has continued to grow over time. It is perhaps rivalled only by the much later Aubrey–Maturin series of seafaring novels by Patrick O'Brian. Interestingly, both Hornblower and Aubrey are based in part on the historical Admiral Lord Dundonald of Great Britain (known as Lord Cochrane during the period when the novels are set). Brian Perett has written a book The Real Hornblower: The Life and Times of Admiral Sir James Gordon, GCB, ISBN 1-55750-968-9, presenting the case for a different inspiration, namely James Alexander Gordon. In his work "The Hornblower Companion", however, Forester makes no indication of any historical influences or inspiration regarding his character. Rather, he describes a process whereby Hornblower was constructed based on what attributes made a good character for the original Hornblower story, "A Happy Return" (published in America as "Beat to Quarters"). This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Aubrey–Maturin series, also known as the Aubreyad, is a sequence of 20 historical novels by Patrick OBrian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ships surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also a physician... Patrick OBrian (December 12, 1914 – January 2, 2000; original name Richard Patrick Russ) was a novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and centered on the friendship of Captain Jack Aubrey and an Irish–Catalan... Thomas Alexander Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, GCB (14 December 1775 – 31 October 1860), styled Lord Cochrane between 1778 and 1831[1] , was a politician and naval adventurer. ... James Alexander Gordon, born 6 October 1782, died 8 January 1869, was a distinguished British naval officer of the Napoleonic Wars whose 75 years in the service, from Midshipman to Admiral of the Fleet, was unprecedented in its duration. ...


Forester also had a life outside the Hornblower series, writing many other novels, among them The African Queen (1935) and The General (1936); Peninsular War novels in Death to the French and The Gun (filmed as The Pride and the Passion in 1957); and seafaring stories that did not involve Hornblower, such as Brown on Resolution (1929), The Ship (1943) and Hunting the Bismarck which was used as the basis of the screenplay for the 1960 film Sink the Bismarck!. Several of his works were filmed, most notably the 1951 film The African Queen directed by John Huston. Forester is also credited as story writer for several movies not based on his published fiction, including Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942). The novel as shown in the trailer for the film The African Queen is a 1935 novel written by C.S. Forester. ... C. S. Foresters The General is a short novel about an ordinary British army officer in the Great War. ... Combatants Spain United Kingdom Portugal French Empire The Peninsular War was a major conflict during the Napoleonic Wars, fought on the Iberian Peninsula by an alliance of Spain, Portugal, and Britain against the Napoleonic French Empire. ... For the Wikipedias treatment of anti-French movements in the modern world, see Anti-French sentiment in the United States Death to the French is a 1932 novel by C. S. Forester, the author of the Horatio Hornblower novels. ... French movie poster for The Pride and The Passion The Pride and the Passion is an 1957 historical film drama made by Stanley Kramer productions and released by United Artists. ... Brown on Resolution is a nautical novel written by CS Forester. ... See also: 1928 in literature, other events of 1929, 1930 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Ship is a novel written by CS Forester set in the Mediterranean during World War II and first published in May 1943. ... See also: 1942 in literature, other events of 1943, 1944 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Sink the Bismarck! is a 1960 black-and-white war film based on the book The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck by C. S. Forester, and recounts the true story of the Royal Navys attempts to find and sink the famous German battleship during World War II. It... See also: 1950 in film 1951 1952 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati Top grossing films North America David and Bathsheba Show Boat tie The Great Caruso and An... The African Queen is a 1951 film made by Horizon Pictures and Romulus Films, and distributed by United Artists. ... John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. ... See also: 1941 in film 1942 1943 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Carole Lombard is killed in a plane crash when returning from a War Bond tour. ...


He wrote several volumes of short stories set during the Second World War. Those in The Nightmare (1954) were based around events in Nazi Germany, ending at the Nuremberg Trials. Stories in The Man in the Yellow Raft (1969) followed the career of the destroyer USS Boone, while many of those in Gold from Crete (1971) followed the destroyer HMS Apache. The last of the stories in the latter book - If Hitler had invaded England - offers a plausible sequence of events starting with an attempt by Hitler to implement Operation Sea Lion, and culminating in the early military defeat of Nazi Germany in the summer of 1941. The Süddeutsche Zeitung announces The Verdict in Nuremberg. ... Operation Sealion (Unternehmen Seelöwe in German) was a World War II German plan to invade Britain. ...


In addition to his novels of seafaring life, Forester also published two crime novels, Payment Deferred (1926), and Plain Murder (1930), and two children's books. One, Poo-Poo and the Dragons (1943), was created as a series of stories told to his son to encourage him to finish his meals while Forester was left alone to care for him as his wife was absent.[1] The second, The Barbary Pirates (1953), is a children's history of those early 19th-century pirates. Payment Deferred is a crime novel by C.S. Forester, first published in 1926. ... See also: 1925 in literature, other events of 1926, 1927 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1929 in literature, other events of 1930, 1931 in literature, list of years in literature. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


See also

  • Ferrol (where Hornblower is taken prisoner of war by the Spaniards (Napoleonic Wars))
  • Correlations between the British World War I campaign in German East Africa and The African Queen

Ferrol can refer to: EUROPE Ferrol, Spain City and Naval Station in North Western Spain, European Union Note: Place of birth of both Francisco Franco (1892) the Spanish dictator and Pablo Iglesias (1850) founder of PSOE and UGT. ASIA Ferrol, Romblon Small Town in the Philippines Note: The Philippines got... Combatants Allies: Austria[1] Portugal Prussia[1] Russia[2] Spain[3] Sweden United Kingdom[4] Ottoman Empire[5] French Empire Holland Kingdom of Italy Kingdom of Naples Duchy of Warsaw Bavaria[6] Saxony[7] Denmark [8] Commanders Archduke Charles Prince Schwarzenberg Karl Mack von Leiberich Gebhard von Blücher Karl... The African Queen is a 1951 film made by Horizon Pictures and Romulus Films, and distributed by United Artists. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Poo-Poo and the Dragons: Preface

References

  • John Forester: Novelist & Storyteller. The Life of C. S. Forester, ISBN 0-940558-04-1 (excerpt).

John Forester (born 1929) is a cycling transportation engineer and a noted cycling activist who coined the term Effective Cycling and the vehicular cycling principle: Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Forresters outspoken resistance to dedicated bicycle paths ( see Forester Web Site...

External links

  • CS Forester Checklist
  • Horatio Hornblower television series 2001
  • Map of the Naval Station of Ferrol where Hornblower is taken prisoner of war by the Spaniards, by the Dutch pilot Hugh Debbieg (1731-1810)
  • C. S. Forester at the Internet Movie Database
  • Biography and Bibliography

 
 

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