Sunday, March 15, 2015

Who's Who: C. S. Forester

Rose Rita had just begun reading a book by this author about a naval captain during the Napoleonic wars [The Specter from the Magician's Museum; 35].  Lewis later reads a rousing sea adventure by the same author [The Tower at the End of the World; 78].

Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (1899-1966), an English novelist who rose to fame with the 12-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, including Payment Deferred (1926), and The African Queen (1935).

During WWII, Forester wrote propaganda to encourage the United States to join the Allies; while living in Washington, D.C., he met a young British intelligence officer named Roald Dahl and encouraged him to write about his own experiences in the Royal Air Force.

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