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"There is no other way of writing a novel than to begin at the beginning and to continue to the end."

-- C. S. Forester


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C. S. Forester biography

The works published by C.S.Forester after 1938 are being published as ebooks by eNet Press starting in 2011.

Cecil Scott (C. S.) Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (27 August 1899 - 2 April 1966), an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of naval warfare. His most notable works were the 12-book Horatio Hornblower Saga, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (filmed in 1951 by John Huston, with Humphrey Bogart and Kathrine Hepburn).

His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colors were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. Captain Horatio Hornblower was filmed with Gregory Peck in 1950. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1999), Lieutenant Hornblower (2001) and episodes from Hornblower and the Hotspur (2002) were filmed as mini-series.

Forester was born in Cairo, growing up in London, and educated at Alleyn's School, Dulwich College, and Guy's Hospital, but did not complete his studies at the latter. He married Kathleen Belcher in 1926, had two sons, John and George, and divorced in 1945. His elder son, John, wrote a biography of his father.

During World War II, Forester moved to the United States where he wrote propaganda to encourage America to join the Allies. He eventually settled in Berkeley, California. In 1947, he married Dorothy Foster.

Forester wrote many other novels, among them The General; Peninsular War novels Rifleman Dodd 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 (filmed as Sailor of the King in 1953); The Captain from Connecticut; The Ship; The Good Shepherd; and The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck, which was used as the basis of the screenplay for the 1960 film Sink the Bismarck! Forester is also credited as story writer for several movies not based on his published fiction, including Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942); Forester is credited with the story for the movie Eagle Squadron (1942).