Tuesday, April 2, 2013

English novelist C.S. Forester died - 1966




English novelist Cecil Scott "C.S." Forester died on April 2, 1966 in Fullerton, California. He is best known for his tales of naval warfare and his most notable works were the 12-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). Forester was born on August 27, 1899 in Cairo and, after a family breakup at an early age, he moved with his mother to London. He briefly studied medicine but after several years, he left academia and began to write. He married Kathleen Belcher in 1926, with whom he would have two sons. They would divorce in 1945. During World War II, Forester moved to the United States where he worked for the British Information Service and wrote propaganda to encourage the US to join the Allies. He eventually settled in Berkeley, California. In 1947, he secretly married a woman named Dorothy Foster. Forester wrote many other novels such as The Gun (filmed as The Pride and the Passion in 1957), and Hunting the Bismarck (1959), which was used as the basis of the screenplay for the 1960 film Sink the Bismarck. He died on April 2, 1966 in Fullerton, California and is buried at the Loma Vista Memorial Park in Fullerton.


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