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Paton, Alan Stewart
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(Jan 11, 1903, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa – Apr 12, 1988, Hillcrest, KwaZulu/Natal), Christian writer and political activist. Of Scottish and English ancestry, Paton converted to Anglican Christianity, which thereafter informed his political and ethical outlook. In 1936 he became the principal of Diepkloof Reformatory, an educational institution for juvenile criminals. The experience of rehabilitating black African youth informed his first and most famous novel, Cry the Beloved Country (1948), which appeared as the National Party came t…

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Ward, Kevin, “Paton, Alan Stewart”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024394>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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