novelist, an accomplished storyteller, who practiced as a doctor over a
decade before devoting himself entirely to writing. Cronin gained first
fame with Hatter's Castle (1931), the story of the megalomanic
James Brodie, a Scottish hatmaker and his foolish dreams of social
acceptance. Cronin produced several bestsellers drawing from his
experiences as a a doctor - his most famous character was Dr Finlay Hyslop.
Some of his works had religious themes, like The Keys of the Kingdom
(1942), which was also made into a film, starring Gregory Peck. Cronin
continued to write until he was in his eightieth year.
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