LifeHis/her father was a British civil servant posted in Egypt. He returns to the the United Kingdom after the separation of his parents. He lives then very modestly with his mother.
After short studies of medicine, he studies the literature to become writer and journalist.
In 1937, it publishes the first novel of what will become the saga of Hornblower, Retour to good port ( The happy return ), it is a great success. The novels which follow see Hornblower rising in the naval hierarchy, but in 1950, Forester publishes the candidate Hornblower , who describes the whole beginnings of his hero in the navy. The popularity of Horatio Hornblower, at the same time a hero and a " anti-héros" , never contradicted itself, and is competed with only by that of the duet Jack Aubrey - Stephen Maturin in the series of the maritime novels of Patrick O' Brian. The two figures of sailor are besides close to the same historical character, Thomas Cochrane, count de Dundonald and admiral of the British fleet. Brian Perett wrote true Hornblower, Vie and time of the admiral James Gordon (ISBN 1557509689), where he proposes another source of inspiration. Forester itself, in its Hornblower Companion (Guide of the saga), does not quote any historical figure like source of inspiration. In parallel, he writes scenarios and continues also his career of journalist. He will be war alleurs correspondent during the civil war in Spain and Czechoslovakia after the invasion Nazi.
Several of its novels were translated into French by Louis Guilloux.
- the series of Hornblower
- The Happy Return , 1937
- has Ship off the Line , 1938
- Flying Colors , 1938
- The Commodore , 1945
- Lord Hornblower , 1946
- Mr. Midshipman Hornblower , 1950
- Lieutenant Hornblower , 1952
- Hornblower and the Atropos , 1953
- Hornblower in the West Indies , 1958
- Hornblower and the Hotspur , 1962
- Hornblower and the Crisis , 1967
- Other novels
- The African Queen (1935) (Adventure, war)
- General The (1936) General
- Death to the French with the French
- The Gun gun
- Payment Deferred (1926) suspended (Detective novel)
- Lime pit Murder (1930) pure and simple (Detective novel)
- Brown one Resolution (1929)
- The Ship (1943) ship
- Sink the Bismarck! (1959) Bismarck!
AdaptationsSeveral of its novels were adapted to the cinema, in particular:
- the Odyssey of African Queen (" " The African Queen 1951) realized by John Huston, with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.
- Capitaine without fear ( Captain Horatio Hornblower ) is a film américano - British carried out by Raoul Walsh in 1951.
- the televised series Hornblower turned between 1998 and 2003 for ITV and A&E with Ioan Gruffudd in the role of Hornblower, is freely adapted Mr. the candidate Horatio Hornblower and Lieutenant Hornblower . It follows the career of the hero éponyme between his appearance like Aspirant in the Candidate Hornblower and its promotion to the row of captain at the end of Hornblower and Hotspur .
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