The Atlantic Bookshelf: A Guide to Good Books

How many doctors in history have suddenly paused in mid-career, listened to the siren call of literature, and then put away their instruments in favor of pen and ink? The list cannot be large, and of those living none has made the transition with as much success as A. J. Cronin, the Scotch medico who, at the age of thirty-five, abandoned his practice and wrote Hatter’s Castle. Now in his latest book, Dr. Cronin has chosen to write about that phase of life which he knows best.