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Alan Paton By Peter Alexander

Alan Paton
by Peter Alexander

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This biography offers new insights into the South African novelist, teacher, prison reformer and politician Alan Paton (1903-88) by a biographer given access to unpublished manuscripts and personal documents.
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Alan Paton: A Biography by Peter Alexander

Alan Paton is best remembered as the author of Cry, the Beloved Country, the most lyrical and moving plea for racial reconciliation to have come out of South Africa this century. His reputation, however, extends far beyond the fields of fiction and literature, for in addition Paton was a teacher, prison reformer, and politician whose achievements have ensured him a lasting place in the troubled history of his country. This is a rich and fascinating story, told against the backdrop of profound political changes in a country that still struggles to achieve the harmony Paton strove for; Paton's own greatness can now be seen for the first time to arise from moral struggles no less profound.

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About Peter Alexander

About the Author
Peter F. Alexander, born and raised in South Africa, first met Alan Paton while working on his doctoral thesis at Cambridge University. They began a friendship that lasted for fifteen years until Paton's death in 1988. Professor Alexander has written biographies of Roy Campbell and William Plomer and is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is married and has two children.

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Alan Paton: A Biography by Peter Alexander
Peter Alexander
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Oxford University Press
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