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Horatio Hornblower Series

Horatio Hornblower is a fictional Napoleonic Wars era Royal Navy officer who is the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester. The series began with the 1937 novel The Happy Return.

The chronological order of the action of the novels is as follows:


Books in the Horatio Hornblower series:

Beat to Quarters (1937)

Captain Horatio Hornblower of the Lydia defeats the Spanish Natividad -- twice.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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The Happy Return (1937)

Captain Horatio Hornblower in the Lydia defeats the much larger Spanish Natividad, only to have to fight her again.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Rowland Hilder

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Ship of the Line (1938)

Given command of the two-decker HMS Sutherland, Hornblower harries the Spanish and French coasts.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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A Ship of the Line (1938)

Given command of the two-decker HMS Sutherland, Hornblower harries the Spanish and French coasts.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Rowland Hilder

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Captain Horatio Hornblower (3 volumes) (1939)

This uniform three volume set includes Beat to Quarters, Ship of the Line and Flying Colours.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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Captain Horatio Hornblower (omnibus) (1939)

This omnibus volume contains the first three adventures of Horatio Hornblower, R.N. Beat to Quarters, Ship of the Line and Flying Colors.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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Captain Hornblower, R.N. (1939)

This omnibus includes the first three Hornblower adventures: Beat to Quarters (The Happy Return), Ship of the Line, and Flying Colours. Later editions variously included Hornblower and the Hotspur or Hornblower and the Atropos, in place of Flying Colours.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Flying Colours (1939)

While on his way under guard from Spain to Paris to be tried by Napoleon, Hornblower makes his escape and joins the resistance.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Flying Colours (1939)

While on his way under guard from Spain to Paris to be tried by Napoleon, Hornblower makes his escape and joins the resistance.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Rowland Hilder

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Flying Colours including Ship of the Line (1939)

While on his way under guard from Spain to Paris to be tried by Napoleon, Hornblower makes his escape and joins the resistance. This special book club edition includes Ship of the Line as well.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): None

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The Commodore (1945)

Captain Sir Horatio Hornblower, R.N. leads a squadron of British naval vessels on a military and diplomatic mission in the Baltic Sea.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Barbola

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Commodore Hornblower (1945)

Captain Sir Horatio Hornblower, R.N. leads a squadron of British naval vessels on a military and diplomatic mission in the Baltic Sea.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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Lord Hornblower (1946)

In the process of capturing HMS Flame, which has been taken over by mutineers, Hornblower takes the port of Le Havre.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Andrew Wyeth

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Lord Hornblower (1946)

In the process of capturing HMS Flame, which has been taken over by mutineers, Hornblower takes the port of Le Havre.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Paul Laume

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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950)

The future admiral begins his career in the Justinian and is seasick off Spithead.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Andrew Wyeth

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Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950)

The future admiral begins his career in the Justinian and is seasick off Spithead.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Val Biro

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Horatio Hornblower (1952)

In the first of these two novels Hornblower leads a fleet into the Baltic in support of the Russians while in the second he returns to France and is caught up in the fighting during the Hundred Days of Napoleon’s return.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Val Biro

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Lieutenant Hornblower (1952)

Hornblower ships as fifth lieutenant in HMS Renown with a mad captain on a mission to harry Spanish possession in the Caribbean. Was he pushed or did he fall?

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Lieutenant Hornblower (1952)

Hornblower ships as fifth lieutenant in HMS Renown with a mad captain on a mission to harry Spanish possession in the Caribbean. Was he pushed or did he fall?

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Val Biro

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Hornblower and the Atropos (1953)

Hornblower and the Atropos is a 1953 historical novel by C. S. Forester.

Horatio Hornblower is posted to HMS Atropos, the smallest vessel in the Royal Navy that merits command by a post-captain, as he salvages treasure from the Mediterranean Sea.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Ralph Pallen Coleman

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Hornblower and the Atropos (1953)

Hornblower and the Atropos is a 1953 historical novel by C. S. Forester.

Horatio Hornblower is posted to HMS Atropos, the smallest vessel in the Royal Navy that merits command by a post-captain, as he salvages treasure from the Mediterranean Sea.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Val Biro

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Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies (1958)

Hornblower has been promoted to Rear Admiral and has been named in command of the West Indies station, i.e. the Caribbean, with a squadron consisting of three frigates and fourteen brigs and schooners.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Dwight Shepler

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Hornblower in the West Indies (1958)

Hornblower has been promoted to Rear Admiral and has been named in command of the West Indies station, i.e. the Caribbean, with a squadron consisting of three frigates and fourteen brigs and schooners.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Dwight Shepler

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Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962)

Hornblower takes up his command as part of the Channel fleet.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): John Allan Maxwell

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Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962)

Hornblower takes up his command as part of the Channel fleet.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): David Cobb

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Hornblower Goes to Sea (1963)

This omnibus edition of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower and Lieutenant Hornblower has been edited for younger readers in this first volume of the Cadet Edition.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Geoffrey Whittam

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The Hornblower Companion (1964)

The author comments on his fictional creation.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Samuel Bryant

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The Hornblower Companion (1964)

The author comments on his fictional creation.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Samuel Bryant

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Hornblower Goes to Sea (1965)

This omnibus edition of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower and Lieutenant Hornblower has been edited for younger readers in this first volume of the Cadet Edition.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Geoffrey Whittam

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Hornblower in Captivity (1965)

This omnibus edition of Ship of the Line and Flying Colours has been edited for younger readers and is Volume 3 in the Cadet Edition.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Geoffrey Whittam

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Hornblower in Captivity (1965)

This omnibus edition of Ship of the Line and Flying Colours has been edited for younger readers and is Volume 3 in the Cadet Edition.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Geoffrey Whittam

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Hornblower Takes Command (1965)

This omnibus edition of Hornblower and the Atropos and Beat to Quarters (The Happy Return) has been edited for younger readers and is Volume 2 of the Cadet Edition.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Geoffrey Whittam

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Hornblower Takes Command (1965)

This omnibus edition of Hornblower and the Atropos and Beat to Quarters (The Happy Return) has been edited for younger readers and is Volume 2 of the Cadet Edition.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Geoffrey Whittam

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Hornblower’s Triumph (1965)

This omnibus edition of Commodore Hornblower (The Commodore) and Lord Hornblower is edited for younger readers and is Volume 4 of the Cadet Edition.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Geoffrey Whittam

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Hornblower’s Triumph (1965)

This omnibus edition of Commodore Hornblower (The Commodore) and Lord Hornblower is edited for younger readers and is Volume 4 of the Cadet Edition.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Geoffrey Whittam

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Hornblower and the Crisis (1967)

An unfinished novel and two uncollected short stories about the intrepid Captain Horatio Hornblower, R.N.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Hornblower During the Crisis (1967)

An unfinished novel and two uncollected short stories about the intrepid Captain Horatio Hornblower, R.N.

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Samuel Bryant

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The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower (1970)

This biography of the Admiral fills in gaps in the saga.

Author(s): C. Northcote Parkinson
Illustrator(s): G. Chambers

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C. S. Forester’s Hornblower One More Time (1978)

Three uncollected Hornblower short stories and two essays by C. S. Forester. Fifty copies were accompanied by a pamphlet called ‘Hornblower’s Birthplace.’

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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