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Cronin, Archibald Joseph (A.J. Cronin)

Born: 1896 AD
Died: 1981 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Novelists, Physicians


1896 - Archibald Joseph Cronin was born in Cardross, Strathclyde, the only child of Jessie (Montgomerie) Cronin and Patrick Cronin. English novelist, an accomplished storyteller, who practised as a doctor over a decade before devoting himself entirely to writing.

1914-1919 - He entered the Glasgow University Medical School.

         - During World War I Cronin served as a surgeon in the Royal Navy.

1924 - Appointed Medical Inspector of Mines, he started to investigate occupational diseases in the coal industry.

1925 - Cronin was awarded his M.D. by the University of Glasgow and subsequently he started to practise in Wales and in London.

1931 - Cronin gained his fame initially with Hatter's Castle, the story of the megalomanic James Brodie, a Scottish hatmaker and his foolish dreams of social acceptance.

1935-1937 - He wrote the novels The Stars Look Down and The Citadel, which made Cronin famous in the United States, and inspired the director King Vidor's film version of the book.

1939 - Cronin moved to the United States with his family.

1981 - He died of acute bronchitis on January 9th, in Montreux, Switzerland.


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