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 C.S. Forester

C.S. Forester

Birth
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
Death 2 Apr 1966 (aged 66)
Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
Plot Cornoita Lawn, Lot 22, Grave 12
Memorial ID 9699 · View Source
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Author. Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in Cairo, Egypt. His father was a minor British governmental officer in the Egyptian Ministry of Education. In 1901 his mother took her five children to London for. In 1915 Forester entered Dulwich College and then tried to enlist in the army but failed the physical. Forester studied medicine at Guy's Hospital before he abandoned his studies for writing. His first books were biographical but 'Payment Deferred', set during World War I, was a novel about a man who poisons his wealthy nephew for the money. The book was made into a play in 1931 and a film in 1932. In 1935, his classic, 'The African Queen' was published. It was set in German Central Africa during World War I and was made into a classic film sixteen years later, starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. His most enduring character, however, was born on a freighter voyage to England in 1937. By the end of the voyage he had outlined 'Beat to Quarters', which introduced the now legendary character Horatio Hornblower. During the Spanish Civil War Forester worked as an occasional correspondent for The Times. Later he reported on the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia of 1939. He then traveled on behalf of the British government to America, where he produced pro-British propaganda. At the end of the war, Forester moved to the Unites States to settle in California. Adapted from his novel, 'Captain Horatio Hornblower' became one of the top money making films of 1951. Forester continued to write even after a severe heart attack in 1961, but a stroke in 1964 left him paralyzed largely curtailing his writing. Forester died in Fullerton, California, two years later leaving 'Hornblower During the Crisis' unfinished. Forester's legacy includes nearly forty books, a quarter of which feature Horatio Hornblower, a character possibly as popular today as when he was first conceived.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 9699
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for C.S. Forester (27 Aug 1899–2 Apr 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9699, citing Loma Vista Memorial Park, Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .