The Resource The real Hornblower : the life & times of Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon, Bryan Perrett, (electronic resource)

The real Hornblower : the life & times of Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon, Bryan Perrett, (electronic resource)

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The real Hornblower : the life & times of Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon
Title
The real Hornblower
Title remainder
the life & times of Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon
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Bryan Perrett
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eng
Summary
First published in 1997, The Real Hornblower offers a comprehensive and engaging account of the life and times of this great naval Admiral. Ever since C.S. Forester's fictional hero Horatio Hornblower began to delight and enthral readers, there has been speculation as to whether his adventures were based on the career of a real naval officer. Several names were suggested; the general conclusion was that Hornblower was a composite character. However, while researching the campaign that resulted in the burning of Washington's public buildings, Bryan Perret consulted Forester's Naval War of 1812 and was surprised to discover that the author had been deliberately reticent regarding a Captain James Alexander Gordon, RN, who had led his squadron up the Potomac. Further inspection of naval records revealed a startling number of parallels between the careers of Gordon and Hornblower. Subsequent research spanning a period of ten years uncovered yet more similarities – too many, in fact, to be a matter of simple coincidence. It became apparent that, while Forester certainly included other episodes in the Hornblower cycle, he was aware of Gordon when the first of his books were written, and that when he decided to expand the series he chose Gordon's career as the framework on which his hero's life would be based. As a professional author, it was neither surprising that he should conceal the fact, nor that he should choose Gordon as his model. Gordon had entered the Royal Navy as a semi-literate eleven-year-old and rose to become Admiral of the Fleet. He took part in major sea battles, frigate actions, single-ship duels and operations far behind enemy lines. It was the fire of his ships, directed against Fort McHenry, Baltimore, that inspired the National Anthem. He was the last Governor of the Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich, and when he died, having served for more than seventy five years in the Navy, The Times commented that he was' the last of Nelson's captains'. That he should have attracted Forster's attention is not, therefore, surprising. In telling the largely unknown story of Admiral Gordon's active service career, Bryan Perrett has produced a book that will be appreciated by the thousands of readers who have enjoyed the adventures of Horatio Hornblower and his successors. It will also be welcomed by anyone with an interest in the naval warfare of the Napoleonic era, while those who take pleasure in biography will find that they have the added bonus of an absorbing literary and historical detective story
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Midwest
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Perrett, Bryan
Dewey number
359/.0092
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Gordon, James Alexander
  • Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich
  • Electronic books
  • Admirals
  • Great Britain
  • United States
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adult
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The real Hornblower : the life & times of Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon, Bryan Perrett, (electronic resource)
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text
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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9781632201027
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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12353064
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MWT12353064
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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The real Hornblower : the life & times of Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon, Bryan Perrett, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Distribution
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781632201027
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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12353064
Publisher number
MWT12353064
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remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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