HAPPY BIRTHDAY – C.S. Forester, born 27 August 1899
“A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular, and he could rarely afford to if he wanted.”
His real name was Cecil Smith and he is remembered today for his 12 naval novels about Captain Hornblower, set in the Napoleonic era. He was also the author of The African Queen which is today better known as a classic movie, rather than as a novel.
I must admit to a great love of the Hornblower series filmed by ITV (filmed from 1998 to 2003) mainly because it starred the gorgeous Ioan Gruffudd as Horatio Hornblower, but the novels are fun to read. Sort of early Patrick O’Brian and packed with naval detail.
It is also interesting to note that C.S. Forester is the man who inspired Roald Dahl to start writing.
C.S. Forester died on 2 April 1966, aged 66.
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