Pat Conroy's 1980 novel The Lords of Discipline was based on Conroy's experiences as a cadet at The Citadel during the 1960s. This book highlights the brutal hazing experienced by plebes, but also shows the closeness and brotherhood that develops between the plebes as they endure taunting by upper classmen.
The Citadel is also the name of a novel by A. J. Cronin, first published in 1937 and turned into a 1938 film. It told the story of a a young idealistic doctor who becomes seduced by the thought of easy money from wealthy clients, rather than the good works that he originally set out to do. Cronin draws on his own experiences as a doctor in the industrial valleys of South Wales.
The film starred Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison and Emlyn Williams. It was directed by Ian Dalrymple, Frank Wead, Elizabeth Hill and Emlyn Williams. It was directed by King Vidor, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The book has also been adapted for television.