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Finding Aid to the C.S. Forester Papers, 1940-1964
BANC MSS 72/250 c  
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  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: C.S. Forester papers
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1964
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/250 c
    Creators : Forester, C. S. (Cecil Scott), 1899-1966
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 cartons, 1 box, 5 volumes, 2 oversize folders Linear feet: 6.2 linear feet
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The C.S. Forester Papers (1940-1964, bulk undated) contain manuscripts for Forester's writings in a variety of genres, both published and unpublished. Most materials appear to be final typescripts, although some works exist in multiple or corrected drafts.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], C.S. Forester Papers, BANC MSS 72/250 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    Sylvanus Griswold Morley papers, 1896-1969, BANC MSS 77/85 c
    Armchair Strategists Society records, [ca.1941-1946], BANC MSS 79/20 c

    Separated Material

    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 19xx.062--AX). Recording of an interview with George R. Stewart transferred to the Phonotape Collections of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Forester, C. S. (Cecil Scott), 1899-1966--Archives
    Hornblower, Horatio (Fictitious character)--Fiction
    Authors, English--20th century
    Manuscripts for publication.
    Galley proofs (Printing)

    Administrative Information


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Arcadia Falcone in 2009.

    Biographical Information

    C.S. Forester (1899-1966) was an author and historian best known for his tales of seafaring life. His most famous works are the 11-volume Horatio Hornblower series, set during the era of the Napoleonic Wars, and the novel The African Queen, adapted into a film by John Huston in 1951. Born in Cairo to British parents and educated in England, Forester settled in California at the end of World War II, where he lived until his death.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The C.S. Forester Papers (1940-1964, bulk undated) contain manuscripts for Forester's writings in a variety of genres, both published and unpublished. Most materials appear to be final typescripts, although some works exist in multiple or corrected drafts.
    Fiction writings represented comprise novels and short stories, including the published works Hornblower and the Atropos (1953), Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962), and The Nightmare (1954). The collection also includes manuscripts of what appear to be two unpublished novels: The Perfect Lady and Tranquil God.
    Non-fiction writings in the collection include book-length texts and articles. Present are multiple typescript drafts and galley proofs for The Age of Fighting Sail (1956), as well as related correspondence; drafts and proofs for The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck (1959); and drafts and notes for an unpublished piece, Leyte Gulf, with correspondence regarding a possible film adaptation.
    The collection also contains autobiographical pieces in which Forester reflects upon his own experiences and writings, including a draft and proofs for The Hornblower Companion (1964). Writings in other genres include several drafts of a play entitled The Furies, apparently unproduced; short works of criticism, mainly in the form of book reviews and introductions; and a series of "Ballades", with related correspondence.
    General materials include clippings; a small amount of correspondence with publishers and others; notes and research materials; a screenplay and publicity material for two films adapted from Forester's texts; a program from Nurse Cavell (1933), a play co-written by Forester; works by other writers sent to Forester; and an artfully aged page from a "diary" attributed to Horatio Hornblower.