Author C. S. Forester wrote more than 40 books and is best known for his novels about the fictional Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower, published between 1937 and 1962. His astonishing success with those books, still among the best sea novels ever written, often overshadows the fact that he also was one of the most prolific contributors to Hollywood’s golden age, from 1932 to 1957. In fact, his skill in producing movie scripts brought him from his native Britain to the United States twice: once in the 1930s, when Hollywood was recruiting new blood, then again in 1942, in the midst of war. Eventually, Forester, whose birth name was Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, settled in Berkeley, California, and became a U.S. citizen, though he never lost his British accent.
1. C. S. Forester, The Hornblower Companion (New York: Pinnacle Books, 1964), 101.
2. J. D. P. Hodapp Jr., Introduction to C. S. Forester, The Good Shepherd (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989), viii–ix.
3. Hodapp, Introduction, xi–xii.
4. Hanks to the author, 25 April and 13 August 2018.
5. Forester, The Hornblower Companion, 107.
6. Forester, 100.
7. Forester, The Good Shepherd, 256.