Literary Techniques

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The Keys of the Kingdom is a bildungsroman, the development taking place within a flashback. Cronin introduces the protagonist...

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(Critical Guide to British Fiction)

Sources for Further Study

Adelman, Irving, and Rita Dworkin. The Contemporary Novel: A Checklist of Critical Literature on the British and American Novel Since 1945, 1972.

Bokenkotter, Thomas. A Concise History of the Catholic Church. New York: Doubleday, 2004. Provides historical information regarding the Catholic Church’s missionary efforts in China.

Cassis, A. F. The Twentieth Century English Novel: An Annotated Bibliography of General Criticism, 1977.

Dease, Alice. Bluegowns: A Golden Treasury of Tales of the China Missions. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Catholic Foreign Mission Society America, 1927. Covers the Catholic missions in China during 1900-1926, the time in which The Keys of the Kingdom is set. Based on vivid and inspirational personal accounts and illustrated with thirty-two photographs.

Salwalk, David. A. J. Cronin. Boston: Twayne, 1985. Criticism and interpretation of Cronin’s major works. Includes a six-page bibliography.

Salwak, Dale. A. J. Cronin: A Reference Guide, 1982.

Temple, Ruth Z., and Martin Tucker. Twentieth Century British Literature: A Reference Guide and Bibliography, 1968.

Literary Precedents

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The Keys of the Kingdom resembles Dickens's novels in its image of a naturally good character persecuted for being good. And it is...

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Related Titles

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The Citadel

Within The Citadel (1937), as in many of Cronin's other novels, there is a constant concern for the...

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(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

The Keys of the Kingdom was released as a motion picture in 1944 by Paramount. Directed by John M. Stahl, it starred Gregory Peck,...

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