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A.J. Cronin was the pen-name of the Scottish novelist Archibald Joseph Cronin (1896 - January 9, 1981). Born on July 19, 1896 in Cardross[?], Argyll and Bute, Scotland he trained as a doctor before serving as a Royal Navy surgeon during World War I. After the war he set up a practice in a mining area of South Wales but he was forced to retire through ill-health and attempted a new career as a writer. He achieved immediate success with his first novel, Hatter's Castle, the story of a family brought to ruin by the pride and stubbornness of its patriarch. Many of his later novels and stories draw on his medical experiences, dramatically mixing realism, romance, and social criticism[?]. For the last 35 years of his life, he lived in Switzerland. He died on January 9, 1981, in Montreux, Switzerland.


Many of the following books were made into films under the same title.

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A.J. Cronin at Scottish Authors (http://www.slainte.org.uk/scotauth/cronidsw.htm) A.J. Cronin (http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/ajcronin.htm) -- Biography and bibliography

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