C. S. Forester 1899—1966

C. S. Forester

Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, known by his pen name Cecil Scott “C. S.” Forester, was an English novelist known for writing tales of naval warfare, such as the 12-book Horatio Hornblower series; depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic wars.

Several of his works were filmed, most notably The African Queen, directed by John Huston in 1951 and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) staring Gregory Pec, and Sink the Bismarck!, released in 1960 starring Kenneth More, which was based on Hunting the Bismarck.

In addition to his novels of seafaring life, Forester published two crime novels Payment Deferred and Plain Murder, and two children’s books, Poo-Poo and the Dragons and The Barbary Pirates.

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Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962)

The Peace of Amiens is breaking down. Napoleon is building ships and amassing an army just across the Channel. Horatio Hornblower, who, at age twenty-se...read more »


Hunting the Bismarck (1959)

In 1941, Hitler’s deadly Bismarck, the fastest battleship afloat, broke out into the Atlantic. Its mission: to cut the lifeline of British shipping and ...read more »


Lieutenant Hornblower (1952)

The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower is ordered to the Caribbean and dangerous waters. New Lieutenant Hornblo...read more »


Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950)

The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a seventeen-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is or...read more »


The African Queen (1935)

A classic story of adventure and romance, perhaps better known as the novel that inspired the legendary movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bo...read more »