More Joy in Heaven

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More Joy in Heaven
Recent paperback edition cover
Author Morley Callaghan
Country Canada
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Random House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 278 pp (first edition, hardback)
Preceded by Now That April's Here and Other Stories
Followed by Luke Baldwin's Vow

More Joy in Heaven is a novel written by Canadian author Morley Callaghan and published in 1937. The central figure, Kip Caley, was inspired by Norman Ryan (1895-1936), a criminal who had committed a number of robberies in Quebec, Ontario and the United States.

Callaghan's friend Ernest Hemingway had also considered writing a novel based on Ryan's life. As a reporter for The Toronto Daily Star, Hemingway had covered the criminal in 1925. Dramatised as a radio play by Donald Jack for CBC Theatre 10:30.

Plot introduction[edit]

Powerful and moving Story of an Ex-Criminal's struggle for regeneration.


The story of Kip Caley, an ex-criminal, intent on becoming a useful and honourable human being. His struggle with himself and with a society which will not let him regain his human dignity.

List of Main Characters[edit]

Father Butler, The Senator, Kip Caley, Ellen, Julie Evans, Joe Foley and Ike Kerrmann, Judge Ford, Denis, and Smiley.