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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:

Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies (1958)

Hornblower in the West Indies, or alternately Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies is one of the novels in the series C. S. Forester wrote about fictional Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower.

All the other novels in the series take place during the wars with revolutionary and Napoleonic France. This one takes place when Britain is was at peace, May 1821 - October 1823. 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. While it is the last Hornblower novel chronologically, at least one short story (The Last Encounter) is set after the events in this novel.

In the Royal Navy of the early nineteenth century, promotion from captain to admiral was based solely on seniority. Hornblower was made a captain in 1805. The distinguished officer Edward Berry was promoted to captain in 1797, and did not become a rear-admiral until 1821. Thus, seniority should not have brought promotion to rear-admiral to Hornblower until the mid-1830s or later.

Author: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: Dwight Shepler

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Beat to Quarters (1937)

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

Author: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: Unknown

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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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: Unknown

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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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: 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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: 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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: Unknown

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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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: 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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: N. C. Wyeth

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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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: 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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: 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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: None

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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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: Rowland Hilder

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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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: 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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: 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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: Ralph Pallen Coleman

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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: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: Unknown

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Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962)

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

Author: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: John Allan Maxwell

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Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962)

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

Author: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: David Cobb

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The Hornblower Companion (1964)

The author comments on his fictional creation.

Author: C. S. Forester
Illustrator: Samuel Bryant

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