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Alan Paton 's Biography

Alan Paton  pictureBorn in 1903, South African author, Alan Paton, was a strong Christian and an anti-apartheid activist. He was a school teacher for numerous years before taking up the post of Director at a reformatory for delinquent urban African boys near Johannesburg. He wrote Cry, the beloved country during his tenure at the Reformatory. In 1951, Paton wrote the screen play for the film adaptation of this story which brought international attention to the racial injustice of the Apartheid system which came into law officially in 1948, the year of the book's publication. Paton died in 1988.