Alan Paton

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Alan Paton
Born Alan Stewart Paton
11 January 1903
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Died 12 April 1988 (aged 85)
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Language English
Notable works Cry, the Beloved Country
Too Late the Phalarope
Spouses Dorrie Francis Lusted, 1928–1967
Anne Hopkins, 1969–1988
Children 2

Alan Paton (11 January 1903 – 12 April 1988) was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist. His most notable works are Cry, The Beloved Country published in 1948, Too Late the Phalarope published in 1953 and Ah, but Your Land Is Beautiful published in 1981. Alan Paton was an opponent of the Apartheid system, along with Margaret Ballinger, Edgar Brookes and Leo Marquard, they formed the Liberal Association which later became the Liberal Party of South Africa.


  1. The Sun, TAKING A STAND Alan Paton marked with Google Doodle – why the South African author is being celebrated on his 115th birthday, 12 August 2019
  2. Britannica, Alan Paton, 12 August 2019
  3. SA History, Alan Paton, 12 August 2019
  4. The South African, A timeline of success: We look at how Alan Paton became an SA legend, 12 August 2019
  5. Time, Google Doodle Celebrates South African Author and Anti-Apartheid Activist Alan Paton, 12 August 2019