C. S. Forester

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  • Sanford Sternlicht (Syracuse University )

He never received a major literary award, but when Cecil Scott Forester died, his obituary began on page one of the New York Times, some eight million copies of his books had been published, and the fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower, whom he had created, and whom he had tried to dispatch without success from time to time, long survived him. Although a civilian all his life, Forester's writing allowed him to walk the quarterdecks of great men-of-war ships alongside their admirals, and despite being a semi-invalid from 1943 almost until his death in 1966, he continued to be a world traveler. Despite illness and adversity, year in and year out he produced his self-determined quota of well-crafted writing, both …

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Sternlicht, Sanford. "C. S. Forester". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 May 2005
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