Rose Rita had just begun reading a book by this author about a naval captain during the Napoleonic wars (The Specter from the Magician's Museum; 35).

Lewis recently completed reading a rousing sea adventure by this author (The Tower at the End of the World, 78).


Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (1899-1966)[1], an English novelist who rose to fame with the 12-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, as well as Payment Deferred (1926) and The African Queen (1935). During WWII, Forester wrote propaganda to encourage the United States to join the Allies; while living in Washington, D.C., he met a young British intelligence officer named Roald Dahl and encouraged him to write about his own experiences in the Royal Air Force.


  1. Wikipedia: C. S. Forester

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