Alan Stewart Paton, South Africa (1903-1988)

Writer and educator, born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He studied at the University of Natal, began work as a teacher, and became principal of the Diepkloof Reformatory for young offenders (1935), where he was known for the success of his enlightened methods.

From his deep concern with the racial problem in South Africa sprang several novels, notably Cry, the Beloved Country(1948), Too Late the Phalarope (1953), Ah, but Your Land is Beautiful (1981). He also wrote Hope for South Africa (1958), a political study written from a liberal standpoint. He was national President of the South African Liberal Party from 1953-60.

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