C.S. Forester


Born
in Cairo, Egypt
December 13, 1901

Died
April 02, 1966

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Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. 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). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

Average rating: 4.19 · 108,765 ratings · 4,855 reviews · 168 distinct worksSimilar authors
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

4.15 avg rating — 13,047 ratings — published 1950
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Lieutenant Hornblower

4.28 avg rating — 9,581 ratings — published 1952 — 2 editions
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Beat to Quarters

4.28 avg rating — 9,375 ratings — published 1937
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Hornblower and the Hotspur

4.28 avg rating — 8,521 ratings — published 1962 — 69 editions
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The African Queen

4.05 avg rating — 7,573 ratings — published 1935 — 86 editions
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Hornblower and the Atropos

4.22 avg rating — 7,131 ratings — published 1953 — 63 editions
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Ship of the Line

4.31 avg rating — 6,589 ratings — published 1938
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Flying Colours

4.31 avg rating — 6,257 ratings — published 1938 — 66 editions
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Commodore Hornblower

4.21 avg rating — 6,124 ratings — published 1945
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Lord Hornblower

4.09 avg rating — 5,541 ratings — published 1946 — 67 editions
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“When a man who is drinking neat gin starts talking about his mother he is past all argument.”
C.S. Forester, The African Queen

“Clairvoyant, Hornblower could foresee that in a year's time, the world would hardy remember the incident. In twenty years, it would be entirely forgotten. Yet those headless corpses up there in Muzillac; those shattered redcoats; those Frenchmen caught in the four-pounder's blast of canister -- they were as dead as if it had been a day in which history had been changed.”
C.S. Forester, Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

“I thank God daily for the good fortune of my birth, for I am certain I would have made a miserable peasant.”
C.S. Forester, Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Book 1 of the Hornblower Saga) by C.S. Forester C.S. Forester C.S. Forester

MR. MIDSHIPMAN HORNBLOWER BY C.S. FORESTER
 
  8 votes, 21.6%

Alaska by James A. Michener James A. Michener James A. Michener

ALASKA BY JAMES A. MICHENER
 
  4 votes, 10.8%

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1) by Naomi Novik Naomi Novik Naomi Novik

HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON BY NAOMI NOVIK
 
  4 votes, 10.8%

Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Roberts Kenneth Roberts

RABBLE IN ARMS BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  3 votes, 8.1%

Burr A Novel by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Gore Vidal

BURR BY GORE VIDAL
 
  3 votes, 8.1%

Men of Iron by Howard Pyle Howard Pyle Howard Pyle

MEN OF IRON BY HOWARD PYLE
 
  3 votes, 8.1%

Creation A Novel by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Gore Vidal

CREATION BY GORE VIDAL
 
  3 votes, 8.1%

Kidnapped (Scholastic Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson

KIDNAPPED BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
 
  3 votes, 8.1%

Julian A Novel by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Gore Vidal

JULIAN BY GORE VIDAL
 
  2 votes, 5.4%

Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts Kenneth Roberts

NORTHWEST PASSAGE BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  1 vote, 2.7%

The Lively Lady by Kenneth Lewis Roberts Kenneth Lewis Roberts

THE LIVELY LADY BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  1 vote, 2.7%

Space by James A. Michener James A. Michener James A. Michener

SPACE BY JAMES A. MICHENER
 
  1 vote, 2.7%

Lincoln A Novel by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal Gore Vidal

LINCOLN BY GORE VIDAL
 
  1 vote, 2.7%

Texas A Novel by James A. Michener James A. Michener James A. Michener

TEXAS BY JAMES A. MICHENER
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Citizen Washington by William Martin William Martin

CITIZEN WASHINGTON
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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