A. J. Cronin

1896 - 1981

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Archibald Joseph Cronin (19 July 1896 – 6 January 1981), known as A. J. Cronin, was a Scottish physician and novelist. His best-known novel is The Citadel (1937), about a Scottish doctor who serves in a Welsh mining village before achieving success in London, where he becomes disillusioned about the venality and incompetence of some doctors. Cronin knew both areas, as a medical inspector of mines and as a doctor in Harley Street. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of A. J. Cronin has received more than 955,704 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). A. J. Cronin is the 745th most popular writer (down from 727th in 2019), the 576th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 588th in 2019) and the 66th most popular British Writer.

A. J. Cronin is most famous for his novel The Citadel, which is a fictionalized account of his own experiences as a doctor in the slums of Glasgow, Scotland.

Memorability Metrics

  • 960k

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  • 63.75

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  • 44

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.82

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.33

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

The citadel
Grand Canary
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Doctor Finlay of Tannochbrae
Jupiter laughs
The stars look down
The Stars Look Down was A.J. Cronin's fourth novel, published in 1935, and this tale of a North country mining family was a great favourite with his readers. Robert Fenwick is a miner, and so are his three sons. His wife is proud that all her four men go down the mines. But David, the youngest, is determined that somehow he will educate himself and work to ameliorate the lives of his comrades who ruin their health to dig the nation's coal. It is, perhaps, a typical tale of the era in which it was written – there were many novels about coal mining, but Cronin, a doctor turned author, had a gift for storytelling, and in his time wrote several very popular and successful novels In the magnificent narrative tradition of The Citadel, Hatter’s Castle and Cronin’s other novels, The Stars Look Down is deservedly remembered as a classic of its age.
The Keys of the Kingdom
A young priest, Father Chisholm, is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese.

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Over the past year A. J. Cronin has had the most page views in the with 104,619 views, followed by Russian (43,776), and French (14,287). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Basque (90.33%), Indonesian (64.39%), and Ukrainian (63.56%)


Among writers, A. J. Cronin ranks 745 out of 7,302Before him are Pierre Boulle, Yanka Kupala, John Dos Passos, Berossus, Edmond de Goncourt, and Theognis of Megara. After him are Felix Salten, Sven Hassel, Taha Hussein, Aelius Donatus, Christa Wolf, and Clemens Brentano.

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Among people born in 1896, A. J. Cronin ranks 35Before him are Ernst Udet, Anna Anderson, Erich Koch, Célestin Freinet, Howard Hawks, and John Dos Passos. After him are Helen of Greece and Denmark, Sandro Pertini, Anastasio Somoza García, Lewis Strauss, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rolf Maximilian Sievert. Among people deceased in 1981, A. J. Cronin ranks 25Before him are Omar Bradley, Harold Urey, Mohammad-Ali Rajai, Marcel Breuer, William Saroyan, and Samuel Barber. After him are Karl Böhm, Miroslav Krleža, Georges Brassens, Max Delbrück, Abel Gance, and Will Durant.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, A. J. Cronin ranks 576 out of 8,785Before him are Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover (1771), Alec Douglas-Home (1903), Malcolm Young (1953), John Davis (1550), Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (1596), and Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796). After him are Jonathan Pryce (1947), Antony Hewish (1924), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767), Richard of Cornwall (1209), Maud of Wales (1869), and Niels Kaj Jerne (1911).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, A. J. Cronin ranks 66Before him are Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Oliver Sacks (1933), Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090), Christopher Tolkien (1924), Beatrix Potter (1866), and Walter Raleigh (1554). After him are Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809), William McMaster Murdoch (1873), Eleanor Marx (1855), Thomas Hardy (1840), John le Carré (1931), and Tony Buzan (1942).