The Adventures of Horatio Hornblower

hornblower lg.jpgHoratio Hornblower is a fictional protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester, and later the subject of films and television programs. Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying, "I recommend Forester to everyone literate I know."

Hornblower is iconic in Age of Sail traditional naval fiction, and any writer in the genre must deal with comparisons to Forester. There are many parallels between Hornblower and real naval officers of the period, especially Thomas Cochrane and Horatio Nelson. The name "Horatio" was inspired by the character in William Shakespeare's Hamlet and chosen also because of its association with contemporary figures such as Nelson.

At the same time, Forester wrote the body of the works carefully to avoid entanglements with real world history, so Hornblower is always off on another mission when a great naval victory occurs during the Napoleonic Wars; concurrently, whatever he has Hornblower dealing with is usually important too, if less heralded.

Episode Number Episode Title Aired Datesort descending
42 Quartined for the Plague Friday, May 8, 1953
47 Planning Mutiny on the Renoun Friday, June 12, 1953
48 First Attact on Haiti Fails Friday, June 19, 1953
50 Yellow Fever Friday, July 3, 1953
51 Fighting the Spanish on the Renown Friday, July 10, 1953