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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Alan Paton, Cry the Beloved Country (Penguin Books, London, 1948), p.
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Through the use of stories that range from the biblical narrative of Noah to more modern stories by Graham Greene, Alan Paton, and Carlos Fuentes, she invites the reader to imagine a community in which the members are confident and competent decision makers, trusting in the Holy Spirit and the wisdom and mercy of God.
En 1935 Alan Paton fue nombrado director del reformatorio de Diepkloof en Johanesburgo.
The novelists and writers sketched include Chinua Achebe, Kofi Awoonor, Bessie Head, Alan Paton and, curiously, Rider Haggard.
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When Americans asked me to explain why the Africans were boycotting the 1976 Olympics, I explained that New Zealand and South Africa were the two greatest rugby countries in the world, and that they should read Alan Paton.
Ek was aanvanklik huiwerig om hierdie boek te resenseer gedagtig aan Alan Paton wat altyd Johannesburg as 'n "land without sea and mountains" beskryf het (om nie eers van Hillbrow te praat nie
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