CRONIN, A[rchibald] J[oseph]

Hatter's castle.   London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1931

8vo. 637 pp. Black publisher's cloth, gilt lettering to spine, in original dust-jacket. $550.00

First edition of Cronin's first novel, the story of an arrogant and cruel hat-maker who struggles for social acceptance. It was made into a motion picture in 1942, starring Robert Newton, Deborah Kerr and James Mason.

The Scottish born Cronin (1896-1981) earned his M.D. from the University of Glasgow. After a few years, he gave up practice due to the unexpected success of this, his first book Hatter's castle, which enabled him to write full time.

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