Alan Paton

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Paton, Alan

(pā`tən), 1903–88, South African novelist. A devoted leader in the struggle to end the oppression of the South African blacks, he served (1935–47) as principal of the Diepkloof Reformatory (near Johannesburg) for delinquent boys, where he instituted many reforms. After the publication of his first novel, Cry, the Beloved Country (1948), he became active in South African political affairs. He helped form the Liberal Association of South Africa, which later emerged as a political party. Paton's fiction, written with simplicity and compassion, reflects the deep conflicts that continue to exist in South AfricaSouth Africa,
Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2011 pop. 51,770,560), 471,359 sq mi (1,220,813 sq km), S Africa. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean in the west, on Namibia in the northwest, on Botswana and Zimbabwe in the north, on
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 today. His second novel, Too Late the Phalarope, appeared in 1953, and Tales from a Troubled Land, a collection of short stories, in 1961. Among his other works are South Africa in Transition (1956); Hope for South Africa (1958); The Long View (1968), a volume of essays; and For You Departed (1969), a memoir and tribute to his wife. Maxwell Anderson's play Lost in the Stars (1948) was based on Cry, the Beloved Country.


See biography by P. F. Alexander (1995).

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Hierdie artikel handel oor geselekteerde onderwerpe in die vroeere fiksie van Alan Paton, wat nog steeds in manuskripvorm is: drie romans of dele van romans, naamlik "Ship of Truth" (1922-1923), "Brother Death" (1930a), "John Henry Dane" (1934b), 'n roman of kort roman, "Secret for seven" (1934d), en die kortverhale "Little Barbee" (1928?
Met hierdie artikel word daar gepoog om te bewys dat die herhaalde gebruik van bevestigde temas in die romans van die Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer Alan Paton bepaalde kommunikatiewe implikasies het: in die romans wat ontleed is, word hierdie temas aangewend om uitdrukking aan gevoelens te gee en om inligting in klimakssituasies uit te lig.
Ek bespreek drie romans wat gegrond is op verskillende vorme van seksuele kontak oor die kleurgrens heen, naamlik Turbott Wolfe deur William Plomer ([1926]1976), Too Late the Phalarope deur Alan Paton (1953) en Disgrace deur JM.
Third place went to Andrew Wakefield of Garesfield GC, Alan Paton from Goswick GC and Tom Lee - all played with pro Paul Carman.
He marched in demonstrations alongside Desmond Tutu and Alan Paton.
This is an excerpt from the memoir of the murdered liberal nationalist Arthur Jarvis, in Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country.
South African author Alan Paton captures it well when he describes in his novel Cry, the Beloved Country (Scribner) a white South African judge washing the feet of an African woman who has served his family: "Then he took both her feet in his hands with gentleness, for they were no doubt tired with much serving, and he kissed both of them.
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Chiwengo (English, Creighton University) analyzes the literary and historical background of the novel Cry, the beloved country written by Alan Paton in 1948 about racial tensions in South Africa, and collect excerpts from primary sources for deeper study.
Three literary prizes awarded during the fair drew international attention: South Africa's two most prestigious literary awards, the Sunday Times' Alan Paton Award for nonfiction (given jointly to Adam Levin for AidSafari and to Edwin Cameron for Witness to AIDS) and the Sunday Times Fiction Award (given to Andrew Brown for Coldsleep Lullaby), as well as one of the most significant literary prizes promoting writing and publishing in Africa, the 25th Noma Award won by Cameroonian writer Werewere Liking for La memoire amputee (see WLT, July-September 2003, 52-56).
The deaths of Trigwell's first husband Alan Paton, who died from an overdose and their son Craig, who is believed to have shot himself, remain unresolved.
Detectives there are keen to speak to her about the mysterious deaths of her first husband Alan Paton and their son Craig.