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Alan Paton: The Brief Biography

This biography gives some detail about Alan Paton's post-Cry political activities as well as the controversies he has inspired among both white conservative and black radical South Africans.

The Oprah Biography of Alan Paton

Here is Oprah's (honestly, much more sentimental) biography of Alan Paton.

MOVIE OR TV PRODUCTIONS

Cry, the Beloved Country: The Original 1951 Film

This adaptation was directed by Zoltan Korda who, in addition to having an awesome name, was also well known in Hollywood as a liberal director. Sidney Poitier, the great African-American film star who gave us such classics about racial division in the United States as Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and In the Heat of the Night (1967), plays Msimangu.

Cry, the Beloved Country: The 1995 Version

This version stars James Earl Jones as Stephen Kumalo and Richard Harris as James Jarvis. Let us put this another way: it stars the voice of Darth Vader as Kumalo and old Dumbledore from the first two Harry Potter movies as Jarvis. Watch it. Now.

HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

Alan Paton Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal

All of Paton's unfinished manuscripts and papers have been collected at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Paton was born in the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, so it makes sense that his widow donated all of his materials to that university.

VIDEO

Retrobites: A 1960 Interview with Alan Paton

Here is the man himself, in his own words.

IMAGES

Alan Paton: Serious Face

This does not look like the face of a man who tells a lot of jokes. But to be fair, he's obviously thinking about a lot of serious and horrible things …

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