- 18 Mar 1884
- 9 June 1968
East Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
- Alternative Names
- North, Eric (pseudonym)
Cronin was born in London and came to Melbourne in 1890, attending school in South Yarra and later graduating from Dookie Agricultural College. He worked on pastoral properties in Gippsland and Tasmania until 1913, before returning to Melbourne and finding employment as a salesman and a clerk. Beginning with The Coastlanders in 1918, Cronin wrote more than twenty novels, including tales of Tasmanian settlement, adventures in the far north, and metropolitan crime fiction and romances as well as several works of science fiction and fantasy, published under the pseudonym 'Eric North.' He also wrote short stories, poems and children's stories and was a co-founder of the Australian Society of Authors.