Welcome

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The official link for the C. S. Forester Society is http://csforester.eu
Annual meeting 2019 :
Dover Castle, from Friday 11th October to Monday 14th October.

More information coming soon.

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C.S. Forester

C.S. Forester

C. S. Forester is one of the great writers of the twentieth-century. His novels are distinguished by the famous Hornblower stories, and by ‘African Queen’ which was made into the famous film. He wrote many further works which prove a pleasure to explore.

His life – born in Egypt, brought up in south London, a failed medical student, the archetypal struggling young writer – covered both world wars, the last strains of the glory days of British Empire, and a move to Hollywood and final residence in the United Sates.

Two features that have ensured CSF’s enduring success are his prose style – simple, disciplined and keenly expressive – and his continuing observance of ‘the man alone’ as he describes Hornblower.

The C. S. Forester Society was established in 1998 to celebrate and promote the enjoyment of Forester’s literary works. This website offers you a brief biography written by his son John Forester – a loyal and enthusiastic member; listings of his works and publication details; links to associated enthusiast and contact groups; and literary and anecdotal comments in our magazine ‘Reflections’.

Membership of the Society is free and we warmly welcome contributions to ‘Reflections’ .

Kingsley Amis : Fiction like (this) is bound to deliver, so why waste time on new stuff?

Raymond Chandler : Quite fascinating and wonderfully exact.

Winston Churchill : I find Hornblower admirable – vastly entertaining.

Ernest Hemingway : I recommend Hornblower to everyone literate I know.

“Star Trek” : Captain Kirk is Capt. Hornblower of the sailing ships. [He] was a great hero, and Hemingway said is is the most exciting adventure fiction in the human language.”

Boris Johnson : The true master of the genre.

C Day Lewis : So actual and breathlessly exciting that the reader will be feeling himself gingerly all over.

Please have also a look to our new poll page
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5 responses to “Welcome

  1. Is the Hornblower series still being printed and if so, by whom? Did any publisher have a matching set of these novels?

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  2. Dear Jim

    Thank you for your enquiry to the C S Forester Society.

    Very many of C S Forester’s books remain in publication. The chief British publisher has always been Michael Joseph which now belongs to Penguin Books. You will find a list of CSFs in print by them, here: – https://www.penguin.co.uk/search/?q=c+s+forester&ps=100

    Also, the Folio Society is printing the complete Hornblower series. The first set is available below, and will be succeeded by all the others: – https://betatest.foliosociety.com/uk/the-hornblower-saga.html

    And of course, you can get second-hand copies on eBay. Also, Amazon is a good source.

    Please let me know how you get on and when I can help further

    Best regards

    Lawrie Brewer

    Editor, C S Forester Society

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  3. I’m a lifelong Hornblower fan and I’m glad to learn of the CSF Society. I have a question: did
    CSF ever write of the Indefatigable&Amazon’s fight with Les Droits de l’Homme? Hornblower recalls it briefly to memory in Ship of the Line, but I have not found an account of it in the series.
    Thank you,
    Andy Edgar

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  5. Responding to Andy regarding Droits de l’Homme… The ship is only mentioned in passing thrice in the Hornblower canon, in The Happy Return, A Ship of the Line, and The Commodore. Each time the details are minimal, but clearly Hornblower was envisioned as being part of that historical action. None of the Hornblower short stories mention the incident,nor does the novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower to which it would belong chronologically.

    Historically the action between Indefatigable, Amazon and the Droits de l’Homme took place on 13 and 14 January 1797. At that time Hornblower was commanding HM transport brig Caroline, under quarantine and sailing between Oran and Gibraltar. Exactly a month later he was peripherally involved in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent. It wouldn’t have been possible for Hornblower to have been involved with the Droits de l’Homme action without shifting its date some months earlier, to give Indefatigable time to refit and sail to Gibraltar.

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