Finding Aid to the C.S. Forester Papers, 1940-1964

Finding Aid written by Arcadia Falcone
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Finding Aid to the C.S. Forester Papers, 1940-1964

Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/250 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Arcadia Falcone
Date Completed:
August 2010
© 2010 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Papers (1940-1964, bulk undated) contain manuscripts for Forester's writings in a variety of genres, both published and unpublished.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

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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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
Clippings.
Manuscripts for publication.
Galley proofs (Printing)

Administrative Information

Accruals

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.

Container List

 

Series 1 Fiction 1940-circa 1961, undated

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 1-64

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by U.S. publication title, if known; otherwise, arranged by manuscript title

Scope and Content Note

Primarily drafts of short stories and novels, with a small amount of related materials; includes typescripts, galley proofs, drawings; some annotated
Carton 1, Folder 1

"The Bedchamber Mystery" Undated

 

Boon Stories Undated, circa 1961

Carton 1, Folder 2

"Borrowing from the British" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 3

"The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 4

"Can Dead Men Vote Twice" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 5

"The Giant Refreshed" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 6

"One Life" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 7

"Touch and Go" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 8

Untitled fragments Undated

Carton 1, Folder 9

Synopsis Circa 1961

Carton 1, Folder 10

"The Computer" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 11

"The Course of True Love" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 12

"Eleven Deck Chairs" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 13

"The Extension" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 14

"The Girls at the Star" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 14a

The Good Shepherd Undated

Additional Note

Corrected galleys
Carton 1, Folder 15

"The Goose and the Gander" 1945

Carton 1, Folder 16

"Hitler Invades" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 17

"Hornblower and His Majesty" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 18

"Hornblower and Noah's Ark" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 19-22

Hornblower and the Atropos Undated

Additional Note

MSS title: The Captain of the Atropos
Carton 1, Folder 23-26

Hornblower and the Atropos - serial version Undated

Additional Note

Includes additional changes by editor
Carton 1, Folder 27-31

Hornblower and the Hotspur Undated

Carton 1, Folder 31a

"Hornblower and the Man Who Felt Queer" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 32

"Hornblower and the Temptation of the Devil" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 33

"Hornblower's Charitable Offering" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 34

"The Hybrid Convertible" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 35

"Intelligence" 1942

Carton 1, Folder 36

"Lieutenant Hornblower and the Hand of Destiny" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 37

"The Maestro at Sixty" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 38

"The Man Who Will See F.D.R." Undated

Carton 1, Folder 39

"Marjorie is Still Waiting" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 40

"Modernity and Maternity" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 41

"National Service" Undated

 

The Nightmare Undated

Carton 1, Folder 42

"The Dragon's Castle" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 43

"Evidence" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 44

"Miriam's Miracle" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 45

"The Physiology of Fear" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 46

"To Be Given to God" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 47

"The Wandering Gentile" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 48-49

The Perfect Lady Undated

Carton 1, Folder 50

Poo-Poo and the Dragons 1942

Additional Note

Copies of original drawings
Carton 1, Folder 51-53

The Pursued Undated

Carton 1, Folder 54

"So Gossip Says" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 55

"Souvenirs of His Late Wife" 1947

Carton 1, Folder 56

"Supposing" 1949

Carton 1, Folder 57

"The Tanker" 1940

Carton 1, Folder 58-59

Tranquil God Undated

Carton 1, Folder 60

"Value for Money" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 61

"A Week-end in the Country" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 62

"When? Where? How?" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 63

"'You Are Welcome!'" Undated

Carton 1, Folder 64

"You Can Warm a Ship Up" Undated

Oversize Folder 2C

Maps charting Hornblower's fictional travels Undated

 

Series 2 History 1944-1961, undated

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 1-52

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by U.S. publication title, if known; otherwise, arranged by manuscript title

Scope and Content Note

Primarily drafts of articles and book-length pieces, with a small amount of related materials; includes typescripts, proofs; some annotated
 

The Age of Fighting Sail 1954-1956, undated

Carton 2, Folder 1

Typescript Undated

Scope and Content Note

May be early draft of chapter 1, or different work on same topic; original folder labeled "1812"
Carton 2, Folder 2-5

Carbon typescript Undated

Carton 2, Folder 6-9

Annotated typescript 1955

Carton 2, Folder 10

Notes, index, proofs 1956

 

Galleys 1956

Carton 2, Folder 11

Copy #1 1956

Carton 2, Folder 12

Copy #2 1956

Carton 2, Folder 13

Correspondence re: publication 1954-1956

Carton 2, Folder 14

"The April Fool Ship" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 15

"The Battle of the Saintes Passage" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 16

"Bloodshed in Bladensburg" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 17

"The Bombardment of Normandy" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 18

"Carrying the War to the Japanese" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 19

"Chapter Seven: The Thirteen New States" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 20

"The Constitution Story" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 21

"Could Napoleon Have Done More" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 22

"Drama in Everyday Life" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 23

"Dunkirk" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 24

"Fatal Fascination" Undated

Additional Note

MSS title: "William Joyce"
Carton 2, Folder 25

"The Fifty Destroyers" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 26

"Fighting U-Boats" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 27

"The Franklin" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 28

"The Horn of Plenty" 1944

Carton 2, Folder 29

"Lake Champlain" Undated

 

The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck Undated

Additional Note

MSS title: Hunting the Bismarck
Carton 2, Folder 30

Typescript #1 Undated

Additional Note

Annotated in another hand
Carton 2, Folder 31

Typescript #2 Undated

Carton 2, Folder 32

Emendations and proofs Undated

Carton 2, Folder 33

Galley proofs Undated

Additional Note

Annotated
Carton 2, Folder 34

"Lepanto" Undated

 

Leyte Gulf 1944-1961, undated

Carton 2, Folder 35

Typescript Undated

Carton 2, Folder 36

Final typescript with handwritten corrections Undated

Carton 2, Folder 37

Story material 1944

Scope and Content Note

Transcripts of San Francisco Chronicle coverage
Carton 2, Folder 38

Correspondence re: film adaptation 1960-1961

Carton 2, Folder 39

"The Naval Battles of the Philippines" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 40

"New Orleans" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 41

"One Hundred Years of Consular Correspondence" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 42

"Part of a Battle" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 43

"St. Nazaire" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 44

"The Titanic" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 45

"Torpedoing the Tirpitz" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 46

"Tripoli" Undated

Additional Note

Original folder labeled "Barbary Pirates"
Carton 2, Folder 47

"Wanton Fate" 1945

Carton 2, Folder 48

"The Warspite - Aged Thirty-Two" Undated

Carton 2, Folder 49

"Wooden Walled Hygiene" Undated

 

Young Winston Churchill Undated

Carton 2, Folder 50

Typescript #1 Undated

Carton 2, Folder 51

Typescript #2 Undated

Carton 2, Folder 52

Partial draft with additions Undated

 

Series 3 Memoir 1940-1964, undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 1-21

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by U.S. publication title, if known; otherwise, arranged by manuscript title

Scope and Content Note

Primarily drafts of articles and book-length pieces, with a small amount of related materials; includes typescripts, galley proofs, maps, map proofs, printed matter
Carton 3, Folder 1

"The African Queen and I" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 2

"A Best Seller in Germany" 1940

Carton 3, Folder 3

"Big Ben" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 4

"The First Moment of Success" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 5

"Hornblower and I" 1957

Scope and Content Note

As published in Saturday Evening Post, May 11, 1957
 

The Hornblower Companion

Carton 3, Folder 6-7

Typescript Undated

Carton 3, Folder 8-9

Galley proofs 1964

Carton 3, Folder 10

Map descriptions Undated

Carton 3, Folder 11-12

Maps Undated

Carton 3, Folder 13

Map proofs Undated

Carton 3, Folder 14

General 1964, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, corrections, blurb
Carton 3, Folder 15

"The Last of Hornblower" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 16

"London Revisited" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 17

"Notes on Niven Busch" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 18

"October Revisited" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 19

"This Travel Business" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 20

"Writing About Hornblower" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 21

"Writing 'The Ship'" Undated

 

Series 4 Drama Undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 22-31

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title

Scope and Content Note

Primarily drafts of play The Furies, plus draft of screenplay; includes manuscript in holograph, typescripts; some annotated
 

The Furies Undated

Carton 3, Folder 22

Holograph copy Undated

Additional Note

Includes sheets of typescript
Carton 3, Folder 23

Title pages Undated

Carton 3, Folder 24

Act I Undated

Scope and Content Note

Three different drafts
Carton 3, Folder 25

Act II Undated

Scope and Content Note

Three different drafts
Carton 3, Folder 26

Act III and epilogue Undated

Scope and Content Note

Three different drafts
Carton 3, Folder 27

Complete, some revision Undated

Carton 3, Folder 28

Complete, stage directions and descriptive passages underlined in red Undated

Carton 3, Folder 29

Act I, completely revised Undated

Carton 3, Folder 30

Acts II-III and epilogue, completely revised Undated

Carton 3, Folder 31

"The Tigers Are Loose (A Play for Television)" Undated

 

Series 5 Criticism Undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 32-38

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title

Scope and Content Note

Includes introductions, book reviews, and other critical essays in typescript
Carton 3, Folder 32

"The Future of the Screen" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 33

"Introduction to Dreadnought (by Richard Hough)" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 34

"Introduction to Sindbad the Sailor" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 35

"Introduction to 'The Life and Letters of David, Earl Beatty'" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 36

"The Letters of Private Wheeler, 1809-1828" - review Undated

Carton 3, Folder 37

"Margery Sharp" Undated

Carton 3, Folder 38

General - Book Reviews Undated

 

Series 6 Poetry 1956, undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 39-40

Arrangement

Arranged by subject

Scope and Content Note

Includes poems by Forester with related correspondence, in typescript
 

Ballades 1956, undated

Carton 3, Folder 39

Correspondence 1956

Carton 3, Folder 40

Texts Undated

 

Series 7 General 1945-1964, undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 41-54

Arrangement

Arranged by subject

Scope and Content Note

Comprises general clippings, correspondence, and notes; includes typescripts, printed matter, manuscripts in holograph, photocopies
Carton 3, Folder 41-43

Clippings 1954-1963, undated

Scope and Content Note

Primarily reviews of and advertisements for Forester's works; photocopies of originals
Carton 3, Folder 44

The Commandos Undated

Scope and Content Note

Screenplay by Irwin Shaw from the story by C.S. Forester
 

Correspondence 1956-1964

Carton 3, Folder 45

American Heritage 1956-1964

Carton 3, Folder 46

Atlantic Monthly 1948-1952

Carton 3, Folder 47

General 1945-1964

Carton 3, Folder 48

"Diary" by H. Hornblower Undated

Carton 3, Folder 49

Notes Undated

Carton 3, Folder 50

Nurse Cavell - program Undated

 

Original folder arrangement Undated

Carton 3, Folder 51

Index Undated

Carton 3, Folder 52

Numbered covers Undated

Additional Note

Photocopies of originals
Carton 3, Folder 53

The Pride and the Passion pre-production information folder 1956

Carton 3, Folder 54

U.S. Navy Ship Histories 1957-1959, undated

Oversize Folder 1A

Republic Aviation advertisement featuring Forrester; document in French (possibly a travel visa) dated 1810 and signed by Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley 1810, undated

 

Series 8 Gift Books 1939-1960

Physical Description: Box 1

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title

Scope and Content Note

Comprises works by other authors given to Forester; includes typescripts, proofs, published book
Box 1, Folder 1-3

Boon Island by Kenneth Roberts 1955

Box 1, Folder 4

The Proudest Day: MacDonough on Lake Champlain by Charles G. Muller 1960

Additional Note

Uncorrected proof
Box 1, Folder 5

Take Your Bible in One Hand: The Life of William Henry Thomas by George R. Stewart 1939

Scope and Content Note

Inscribed to Forester by author
 

Series 9 Scrapbooks Undated

Physical Description: Volumes 1-5

Arrangement

Original arrangement

Scope and Content Note

Scrapbooks containing clippings, playbills, etc.
Volume 1-5

Scrapbooks Undated